It happened in 2009 when the lift at Tower Bridge plunged many feet into the attraction’s sub-ground floor level service pit, after a key mechanism malfunctioned.
On Friday March 6 Southwark Crown Court issued a £50,000 fine to the lift firm responsible for a faulty counterweight mechanism, London-based Temple Lifts. The company was accountable for servicing and maintaining the lift.
Four people suffered bone fractures, including ones to the ankles and legs, while six more were treated after suffering shock. The people affected included the lift operator and tourists, including a family and an older couple.
They were in a lift going down to Tower Bridge’s exhibition, but it abruptly ascended the shaft from around three metres (9ft 10in) up.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) subsequently launched an investigation into the leg injury accidents which pinned the blame on the upkeep of a couple of refurbished lifts.
The Executive found that counterweight mechanism errors had dogged the attraction before. But they had been replaced with no adequate investigation into why they had first malfunctioned.
Wider analysis could have prevented the accident, the HSE concluded. It said this oversight was symptomatic of broader failings.
Temple Lifts was also ordered to pay costs of £50,000 after admitting two counts under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 10, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown