Horror moment: A worker gets his foot caught in a moving escalator before firefighters are forced to use the “claws of life” to free him

This is the suspenseful moment when a worker was cut free after his foot was caught in a moving escalator.

Horror footage shows the man’s lacerated shoe caught in the side of an escalator at a Panama mall.

The worker's foot was pinched while he was making repairs


The worker’s foot was pinched while he was making repairsPhoto credit: Twitter
Firefighters spent half an hour trying to free him


Firefighters spent half an hour trying to free himPhoto credit: Twitter

The 40-year-old worker was making repairs when his foot was sucked into the right side of the escalator and he removed his black sneakers.

Part of his foot also got stuck and rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident in Paitilla, Panama City to rescue him.

Firefighters used a set of cutting tools and drill bits to take 30 minutes to extricate the injured worker’s foot.

A team member held the man during the rescue mission to prevent him from losing his balance.

After he was finally freed, the fire brigade administered first aid to the worker.

He was then taken to the hospital, where he was treated by doctors.

It came after a mother watched in horror as her four-year-old son was “caught” between an escalator and a shopping trolley at a supermarket.

The 42-year-old mother, from Kent, said her son suffered facial injuries in the “terrible” ordeal and had skin ripped from his shoulder.

The mother, whose name was not given, bravely recalled how her son had been standing on the escalator at Asda in Sittingbourne when a shopping trolley fell on it.

The horror unfolded when another customer’s shopping trolley rolled backwards and saw her fall onto the four-year-old and land – with a fully loaded shopping trolley on top.

Meanwhile, one man recalled an escalator suddenly changing direction, spinning backwards and knocking screaming commuters off their feet.

Brian LaFond threw himself over his side – desperately clinging to the railing between the escalator and the one next to it as the machine reversed “faster and faster”.

Incredibly, only five people were injured in the 2013 train station incident in New Jersey, USA – none seriously.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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