MORE users of travelators at Warrnambool’s Target complex have warned about the risk of serious injury.
Nanjing Night Net

Following The Standard’s story on Saturday about how wheelchair users have been warned to stay off, two people have told of elderly pedestrians falling on the machine.

They said there was potential for disaster because there was no quick access to an emergercy stop button.

One user, a 78-year-old man, is still nursing bruises and cuts.

He fell forward over the top of his wheelie-walker frame when it stopped abruptly at the end of the travelator path.

“It’s very dangerous. My father had a very bad fall when he was thrown forward,” a Warrnambool woman told The Standard yesterday. “If you have a fall you can’t get off it quickly.

“When his incident happened people came rushing to help.

“He’s still suffering after the accident, which happened six weeks ago.

“Mum is 72 and she hates going on the travelator.”

Another woman told The Standard she witnessed an incident on Friday last week when an elderly woman lost her balance and fell on top of her two young grandchildren.

“One of the grandchildren ran to the grandmother and she fell backwards on top of the kids,” the witness said. “Fortunately they all got up OK.”

Both complainants said a lift should have been installed instead of the travelators, which replaced an earlier tiered ramp.

The Warrnambool Community Support Advisory Committee has been concerned about safety risks since the machine was put in as part of a major redevelopment about two years ago.

Complex operators Lascorp has recently enlarged a “no wheelchair access via travelators” sign in response to the concerns.

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