A property management company has been fined after a resident of a House died after falling down a lift shaft.
The Crown Court heard how a 29 year old Man and his friend were trapped in a lift and unable to raise the alarm. They attempted a self-rescue by forcing the doors open and sliding out onto the floor below.
The gentleman slipped under the lift car and fell five stories down the lift shaft and died of multiple injuries. His friend escaped unhurt.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive(HSE) into the incident which occurred on 30 August 2014 found that the management company for the building failed to take suitable and sufficient steps to prevent a self-rescuing situation.
The Company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £45,000.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector said: “Those who manage lifts have a responsibility to ensure they are properly maintained but if people are trapped they have a way to raise the alarm and are not in a position to try and rescue themselves.
“The problems with this lift were well known and if the company had fulfilled their health and safety responsibilities the gentleman would probably be around to celebrate Christmas with his family this weekend.”
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