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Council fined due to lift shaft fall

26th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

City of Edinburgh Council has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a schoolgirl fell five metres down a lift shaft, and was seriously injured as a result.

The incident occurred at Liberton High School, where a lift containing four pupils ended up stopping between the first and second floors. Morgan Seaton, then aged 15, called the school office from her mobile phone.

Members of staff found they could pry open the lift doors, and the students could just fit through the bottom third of the lift car. As Ms Seaton tried to do this, she slipped and fell down the shaft and into the basement.

She fractured three vertebrae, and sprained her wrist. An investigation by the HSE found that no risk assessment had been undertaken, and power to the lift had not been isolated so it could have resumed moving at any point.

City of Edinburgh Council was fined £8,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801697703-ADNFCR


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