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Worried Parents not Letting kids wear rubber Clogs
"The Straits Times also received 10 e-mail messages from parents, some of whom said that their children had been injured on escalators while wearing original CROCS shoes."

Posted by NoRubberClog at 11:19 AM 13 comments

Toe Broken in Four Parts : accident involving kids and rubber clog and escalators
After three escalator accidents in four months involving kids wearing rubber sandals, another family has come forward with their horror story .... "The flesh on his big and second toes had been ripped off, exposing the bone beneath."

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2 Accidents in 3 days

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Toddler's Big Toe Ripped Off

"While i lifted her, I saw the jagged bone of the toe protruding out, where her toe used to be. It's not something any parent could bear to see." "This is not the first time an accident involving children, escalator steps and rubber clogs has happened."

The Straits Times Interactive Toddler's big toe ripped off in mall escalator accident By Tanya FongNov 6, 2006 LITTLE Shiyr Chong screamed soon after stepping onto the moving escalator. Her foot had got caught. The two-year-old was lifted out of harm's way by her father - but her big toe had been ripped off.The incident happened on Saturday at neighbourhood mall Admiralty Place in Woodlands Avenue 6 at about 8.40pm. The right toe - minus the bone - was found nearly three hours later but could not be reattached as it was too badly damaged.

The evening had started out as a birthday outing for the Chong family, who live in Sembawang.Mr Alvin Chong, 33, and his wife were with their two sons, aged five and 18 months, their daughter, and Mr Chong's mother. They were heading home after a dinner to celebrate Mrs Chong's 36th birthday at Admiralty Place's second-floor foodcourt, next to Admiralty MRT station.As the family got on the escalator to go down, Shiyr shouted 'Ouch, ouch'. Her right rubber clog was stuck in the teeth of the escalator step. Mr Chong, a teacher, said: 'When I lifted her, I saw the jagged bone of the toe protruding out, where her toe used to be. It's not something any parent could bear to see.' Skin from the ball of her foot was also ripped off. Meanwhile, a bystander had pressed the emergency stop button.The Chongs called 995 for an ambulance and rushed the girl to a nearby clinic where her wound was bandaged. Paramedics arrived at about 9.05pm. Six Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers and the police tried to contact the escalator technician through the Sembawang Town Council. They got through to him at about 9.15pm and he arrived at the scene before 10.05pm. Said the SCDF Commander of Woodlands Fire Station, Major Andy Choo: 'Breaking or cutting through the interlocked, steel stair of the escalator would have taken a much, much longer time than for the technician to arrive to unlock and remove the steel stair panels.' At about 11.20pm, the girl's rubber clog and toe were found separately in the pits under the escalator and the toe was taken to the National University Hospital.Sembawang Town Council could not be contacted for comment. Yesterday morning, Shiyr underwent two hours of surgery to amputate the remaining toe bone, and to graft skin from her thigh to her damaged foot. The big toe helps the body to maintain balance while walking. This is not the first time an accident involving children, escalators and rubber clogs has happened. In August, a two-year-old girl got her shoe caught in the escalator steps, while she was with her parents in Toa Payoh Central. tanya@sph.com.sg Posted by NoRubberClog at 11:08 AM 0 comments

Crocs Shoes & Escalator Accidents
Lets think about this? >> We have read many articles parents coming forward to claim that their kids was wearing CROCS original when accidents happened. Why is it that official reports still blame the fact that accident happend because the kids are wearing fake CROCS? >> Many articles have parents pointed out the price they paid for the kids rubber clog...... SGD40 and about USD 25, its definitely not the price one is paying for a fake Crocs that is selling at about SGD 5 or about USD 3. Should one push the blame on the escalators instead of the product itself? Read the report below.

About.com Reported: http://shoes.about.com/b/a/257385.htm Over the last couple of years, Crocs shoes have exploded as one of the biggest footwear trends since UGG boots. But over the last couple of months, the rubber clogs have come under some scrutiny due to escalator accidents involving children wearing the beloved colorful shoes. While Crocs are popular enough to be identified by name after such an accident occurs, it's important to note that other shoes can also pose a risk to riders.

In fact, most recently, a child in Singapore lost her big toe wearing rubber clogs that resembled Crocs, but were actually an imitation brand. Parents should be aware that any type of rubber or soft, pliable shoes can be problematic, as can long and untied shoe laces. In recent statements, the Crocs company claimed that "Crocs shoes are completely safe," and went on to point out that escalators that have not received proper care and maintenance pose a risk to their riders. They have called for improved escalator safetey, and are currently designing a new tag that includes safety tips for escalators. Posted by NoRubberClog at 5:14 AM 13 comments

ABC NEWS Reported: Crocs Can Pose a Danger on Escalators
Oct. 5, 2006 — Those big, bold gardening clogs that come in bright colors and mold to the shape of your feet seem to be everywhere these days. The company that makes one kind of rubber clogs, Crocs, sold 6 million of them last year. In some online chat rooms and blogs, however, parents are sharing stories about kids having accidents while wearing the shoes. Some people have reported that kids wearing Crocs have had their feet sucked into the side of escalators. Some businesses have even posted warning signs near their escalators saying if you're wearing Crocs, be careful. Chloe Johnson, 10, from Kansas City, is one of those kids who had a frightening experience while wearing the shoes. She loved her Crocs. "I wore them almost everywhere," she said. Last year on an escalator at the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, she had a huge scare. "Chloe said, 'My toe, my toe,'" said her mother, Kay Hopkins. "And we took the Croc off and seeing the blood and seeing her toe — it was frightening." The escalator was crowded, and the toe of Chloe's left shoe was sucked between the escalator stair and the side wall. "To have this happen with your child standing right next to you ends up being pretty shocking," said Chloe's father, Neil Johnson. Chloe's foot recovered, but last month, two children wearing Crocs in Arkansas had more serious injuries. "Imagine that you are taking a child shopping and out of the blue their foot is mangled, trapped," said James Yuen, a plastic surgeon at Arkansas Children's Hospital. "Can you imagine a child stuck for almost an hour? It is a very traumatic event." It's not just Crocs that pose a danger — any soft, pliable shoe, even flip-flops, can be dangerous on an escalator. Escalator Safety Tips The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates about 10,000 people go to the emergency room every year after accidents on escalators. Of those, 20 percent involved

having hands, feet or shoes trapped. The industry has worked for years to make escalators safer, but not every state has adopted the latest codes. Arkansas, for example, is still using regulations that date back to the early 1990s. The makers of Crocs are designing a new tag that includes escalator safety tips. In a statement, the company told ABC News: "Crocs shoes are completely safe. … Escalators and moving sidewalks, particularly those that have not received proper care and maintenance, can be dangerous and pose risks to their riders." But Chloe's parents are convinced that the Crocs were an important factor in her accident. "They did have the escalator inspected, and everything was running, functioning well," said Chloe's mother. About 245 million people ride escalators every day, and only a small number of incidents have been reported, so it's not an epidemic. But to be safe, experts say parents should make sure children ride in the center of the escalator step. Parents of small children should carry them, and kids should not run their foot along the wall — that creates friction and heat, which could explain why the Crocs seem to melt around the edge of the step. And remember that escalators are now outfitted with emergency stop buttons. If you run into trouble, you can shut it down pretty quickly. Posted by NoRubberClog at 4:59 AM 17 comments

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This blog is dedicated to warn parents of the possible dangers of rubber clogs to children. Have you or your children had any problems with Crocs rubber clogs, flip-flops or similar types of rubber shoes while riding an escalator? We are looking into reports of kids having accidents on escalators while wearing the popular rubber clogs. If you have a story about an accident while wearing the shoes, please tell us briefly about it below, including where and how it happened.

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