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£165,000 penalty after resident trapped in lift is fatally injured after falling down shaft (5 January 2017)

Date: 05/01/2017
Duncan Lewis, Personal Injury Solicitors, £165,000 penalty after resident trapped in lift is fatally injured after falling down shaft

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a Bolton property management company, after a resident died after falling down a lift shaft.

The resident at Marsden House in Bolton – 29-year-old Craig Jones – and a friend were trapped in a lift and unable to raise the alarm.

They attempted to escape by forcing the doors open and sliding out onto the floor below.

However, Mr Jones slipped under the lift car and fell five stories down the lift shaft. He died of multiple injuries – his friend escaped unhurt.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident on 30 August 2014 found that the management company for the building – Warwick Estates Property Management Limited – had failed to take suitable and sufficient steps to prevent Craig and his friend self-rescuing.

Warwick Estates Property Management Limited, of Edinburgh Way, Harlow in Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The company was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £45,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Taylor said that the problems with the lift were well known.

“Those who manage lifts have a responsibility to ensure they are properly maintained,” she said, “But if people are trapped, they have a way to raise the alarm and are not in a position to try and rescue themselves.”

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