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Two Inspectors Suspended Over Child’s Deadly Escalator Fall

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This YouTube video posted last September shows the escalator at the Sears in the Auburn Mall. (Credit: YouTube video still)

This YouTube video posted last September shows the escalator at the Sears in the Auburn Mall. (Credit: YouTube video still)

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AUBURN (CBS) – Two state inspectors were suspended Monday after a 4-year-old was killed in an escalator accident at the Auburn Mall Sears store, said a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety.

Mark DiBona, the son of Eric and Laura DiBona of Dudley, fell two stories on Friday after slipping through a 6-inch gap between the escalator and a plastic barrier.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

The DPS says a barricade that should have been in place between the side of the escalator and the wall was missing.

The DPS says the inspectors were previously in charge of inspecting the unit, but failed to properly do so.

WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud reports.

“There is no reason to believe that this is a systemic problem. However, I will be directing the remaining 49 inspectors to re-inspect all units that had been inspected by these two individuals,” said Commissioner Thomas Gatzunis.

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