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Friday, September 17, 1999 Published at 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK


Platform shoes pose health risk

Platform shoes can be dangerous

The BBC's Rachel Ellison reports on the risk platforms pose
Platform shoes should be given a health warning, says a leading safety body.

The warning comes after the recent death of a Japanese nursery teacher who fell off her shoes and fractured her skull.

[ image: Naomi Campbell fell wearing a pair of Vivienne Westwood platforms]
Naomi Campbell fell wearing a pair of Vivienne Westwood platforms
British Standards Institution (BSI) wants to introduce a kite mark to protect people from their footwear.

The shoe industry is worth £5,000m a year.

Last year 200,000 people in the UK were treated for shoe-related injuries.

Some10,000 people were admitted to casualty because of problems with their shoes.

Kite mark

Mark Hunter of the BSI, which normally kite marks washing machines and other technical gadgets, said: "We do not want to stop the fashion industry being creative and people from enjoying their shoes.

[ image: Emma Bunton was injured in raised soles]
Emma Bunton was injured in raised soles
"But we want to stop people ending up in casualty after falling off their shoes and introducing a kitemarking scheme or other methods will ensure consumers are getting shoes that are safe for them."

Platforms first came to fame in the 1970s when they were all the rage. The 70s revival in the early 90s has seen them return with a vengence.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Baby Spice have been the most famous victims of platform problems.

Ms Campbell fell off the catwalk after wobbling on her Vivienne Westwood shoes.

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