Company fined after worker dies in lift crush
A Kent-based company has been handed a major fine after one of its employees was crushed to death by a lift.
The 35-year-old engineer was working on the wiring of a lift at a site in near Oxford Street on December 6th 2005 when the cable of a control used to move it was cut on a bolt.
As a result, a faulty command was sent to the lift controller to move it upwards, which resulted in the man being crushed between the top of the car and the doorway.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the engineer had not received suitable training for the type of system he was attempting to fit at the site.
His employer, J Brown Services, admitted to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.
"The tragic events at Woodstock Street illustrate the critical importance of having sufficient protective features within a control system," said HSE inspector Kevin Shorten.
"Just one fault sent this lift out of control. Completed lifts have many protective features and this principle cannot be ignored when lifts are being constructed."
Meanwhile, Arcadia Food Industries recently received a fine of £4,000 after one of its workers suffered a severed finger in an incident involving a spice mixing machine.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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