DBKL: Swing in fatal accident designed for children with disabilities under 12

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 26 Nov 2018

The swing for wheelchair users which trapped the head of a 15-year-old girl and killed her.

The swing that killed a 15-year-old girl in a freak accident is actually meant for children with disabilities below 12 with adult supervision, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Its corporate planning department director Khairul Azmir Ahmad said in a statement that the rules were clearly stated on a signboard near the playground equipment at the park in Kepong.

"The design of the equipment takes the weight of the person and wheelchair into consideration, and is proven safe for children with disabilities.

"According to the maintenance record, the equipment has been inspected periodically and the last was in July, where it was reported to be in good condition.

"DBKL takes the incident seriously and sympathises with the victim's family.

"A thorough study on various aspects of the playground equipment will be done for improvement.

"This is to ensure safety for all users and that a similar accident does not happen again.

DBKL is also concerned that the design of all playground equipment is practical and follows safety standards, he added.

"DBKL is calling for the public to follow the rules and take care of the playground equipment for the safety and comfort of everyone," he said.

It was earlier reported that the girl was sitting on a swing for disabled wheelchair users at the park in Kepong when her head got trapped at a steel bar.

This caused bleeding to her nose and ears. Passers-by managed to help free her from the steel bar.

But she died at the hospital later. 

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