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By Henry Austin

Doctors were forced amputate a man’s foot and part of his leg after it was shredded in a mall's escalator — the third such incident in China in less than a week.

The 35-year-old was cleaning the device in Shanghai’s Changning district when his leg became caught between the revolving stairs and the floor plate, according to the South China Morning Post. The employee's lost his foot.

In a statement, the mall told the paper that that it was investigating the incident, adding that the worker had “improperly” stepped on his mop.

"The brush of the mop was trapped inside the gap in the stairs, which caused cracks in the comb plate," the statement said.

The incident came just six days after a 30-year-old woman was killed by an escalator at another mall in the central city of Jingzhou.

Footage released by China Central Television showed the trapped victim thrusting her young son into the arms of nearby employees before a panel collapsed and she fell down into the mechanism of the still-running escalator.

Days later, a one-year-old boy's left arm was mangled by an escalator in Guangxi province, the South China Morning Post reported.