Safety checks ordered after death of girl

Xu Lingchao
The Foxtown Mall in Shanghai has urged all of its shops to carry out safety inspections after a fatal accident on the weekend.
Xu Lingchao

The Foxtown Mall in Shanghai has urged all of its shops to carry out safety inspections after a fatal accident on the weekend.

On Saturday a mirror collapsed on a 6-year-old girl in I.T Outlet. The girl was taken to hospital but pronounced dead from a head injury shortly after.

I.T Outlet has closed its doors until the results of an investigation.

All dressing mirrors not fixed to walls in the mall have been removed. Shops with parent-child commodities were also urged to pay close attention to safety.

How the mirror was attached to the wall at I.T Outlet is the focus of an investigation by the emergency management department of Xuhui District.

It said the company that installed the mirror was under investigation. The glue that was used to fix the mirror has been sent for further examination.

The PR manager of the outlet said that according to the construction blueprint, the mirror should have been fixed on the wall with hooks. Yesterday it was reported the mirror was allegedly simply leaning against the wall.

Yao, the girl’s father, said his wife is seven months pregnant, and is in shock. She was with her daughter when the accident occurred, while he and the girl’s grandmother were in another part of the mall.

The manager of the Foxtown Mall, Qiu, said he felt sorry for what happened. He added that they have arranged rooms for the girl’s mother and grandparents.

“A psychiatrist will come to help with the mother tomorrow,” Qiu said.

Zhu, of I.T Apparels, said he and Qiu went to the hospital after the accident.

“But we didn’t approach the family for they were overwhelmed with sorrow,” Zhu said.

The company is negotiating compensation with the Yao family.

“At the moment neither of us has brought up the issue of money, or how much amount,” said Zhu.

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