In 2009, ten people were travelling in a lift at Tower Bridge, London, when it fell three metres into the service pit because of a mechanical failure. Four people were seriously injured in the lift fall, suffering from broken bones – one woman is still undergoing treatment for her injuries – whilst six others were treated for shock.
The company responsible for the lift, Temple lifts, has admitted to two health and safety breaches and Southwark Crown Court head that more could have been done to prevent the lift fall accident from occurring. The case was brought to court by the HSE, and HSE inspector Michael Rose claimed that the company showed ‘clear failing’. He went on, “There were warning signs here that were seemingly overlooked, and missed opportunities to properly rectify recurring faults.” The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 in costs.
If you have been injured whilst travelling in a public lift, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, so why not get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to find out? There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so don’t wait around too long, or you could miss out.
Are lifts safe?
Lifts, like any mechanical equipment, are safe to use if they are operated properly and maintained to a high standard. When the company responsible for a lift fails to maintain it and fix faults or problems, that’s when there is an increased risk of accidents occurring. Statistically, you are unlikely to be involved in an accident when using a lift, but it all depends on how seriously the company in question takes health and safety.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen