Department of Occupational Safety and Health discovered 800 ‘unsafe’ escalators

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) found 806 escalators had breached safety standards. Free Malaysia Today’s Minderjeet Kaur reports:


It then directed the owners to repair and replace them under its “Safe Escalator Usage” campaign.

In a written reply, the human resources ministry told the Dewan Rakyat, checks were carried out on 7,632 escalators at shopping malls and public places.

“The escalator owners and users are responsible for their safety as well as usage.

“Owners have to make sure that all escalators within the premises go through routine maintenance by the manufacturer and they are in good working order.”

The ministry was responding to a question by Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan) who asked about the procedures to prevent the escalator accident that took place at the Pandan Kapital Mall here on Oct 25.

Hee had said such incidents should not recur.

The ministry said the design and safety standards of escalators came under the Factories and Machinery Act 1967.

“Design approval is needed from DOSH before an escalator can be installed.

“After that it has to go through tests on the safety functions. Upon passing, it will be given a machinery qualification certificate.”

It added the design, installation and maintenance have to be carried out by a competent firm and individuals registered with DOSH.

“After 15 months, it has to be tested again by DOSH.”

Reports said the loud explosion at Pandan Kapital Mall in Pandan Indah was caused by a technical malfunction on one of the escalators on the ground floor of the complex leading to the first floor.

News and pictures of the incident went viral on Facebook but no casualties or injuries were reported.