Horrific image shows an eight-year-old girl soaked in blood after falling into the gap of an escalator at a Chinese shopping centre 

  • The girl was on the escalator in Beijing on the morning of May 21 
  • According to reports, the machine was being fixed but had no signage
  • Shopping mall claims girl had run up escalator despite it being off
  • Child sustained a 10-inch-long cut on her thigh which almost hit the bone 

Horrific images have emerged of an injured child who fell thorough a gap in an escalator at a department store in Beijing.

The accident occurred at around 10am on May 21 at the busy Parkson shopping centre in the Fuxingmen area of the capital, the People's Daily Online reports. 

Maintenance staff had allegedly been working on the escalator and had taken out a panel but had forgotten to install safety signs or warning barriers.

Horrifying injuries: The girl sustained a 10 inch cut to her thigh which doctors say almost hit the bone

Horrifying injuries: The girl sustained a 10 inch cut to her thigh which doctors say almost hit the bone

Due to the lack of signage, the girl went up the escalator and fell through the hole, injuring her leg, according to the report.

The shopping centre claims that the escalator was off at the time and so the contract workers presumed that people would not use the stairs. 

They also claimed that the girl ran right up the escalator as soon as the shopping mall's doors opened. 

An official told reporters: 'Fixing the escalators needs to be reported to the mall and needs to be done outside of working hours. 

'The maintenance worker did not set up a fence before going into the escalator to check it. When the girl fell, the worker was inside.' 

Doctor Cao, from the Beijing Children's Hospital told reporters that the girl suffered a 10-inch-long cut almost to the bone.

The girl underwent a two hour surgical procedure and is still in hospital under observation due to fears of infection. 

The shopping mall has since apologised for the accident and has vowed to tighten up its safety regulations. 

According to reporters, after the incident occurred, staff at the shopping mall installed safety warnings. 

Safety: After the incident the shopping mall installed barriers and warning signs

Safety: After the incident the shopping mall installed barriers and warning signs

China has had a spate of accidents involving escalators in recent years. 

The most high profile of that was the case in July 2015 where a woman was killed after maintenance workers failed to fix a problem with a floor plate. 

Xiang Liujuan, 30, was killed when the footplate at the top of the escalator collapsed beneath her, as she shopped with her two-year-old son in Hubei province.

Before being dragged into the machinery, however, the heroic mother was able to throw her toddler to safety.

It later emerged that staff at the Jingzhou mall knew that screws on the footplate had become loose five minutes before the incident.  

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