If you are looking to instigate an injury claim in South Gloucestershire following sustaining an injury caused by equipment that does not conform to British standards, don’t delay, act now. Obtaining compensation for this type of injury is something that we here at Accident Advice Helpline specialise in. For more information, visit our website.
Tragic case of five year girl old crushed by electric gate
An example of equipment not complying with safety standards and causing injury, is the tragic case of a five-year-old girl who received fatal crush injuries because of an electric gate.
The child was playing near the gate as a car entered. Unfortunately, as the gate closed automatically once the car had passed through, the five-year-old girl was crushed between the post and the gate. Having been discovered some minutes later by a local resident, the child was rushed to hospital, but regrettably died of her injuries.
Closing force of the gate contravened European and British safety standards
In a subsequent investigation carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), it was discovered that the force exerted by the closing gate was in excess of 2,000N, which is the equivalent to a weight or 440lbs, contravening both European and British safety standards. It was also found that the gate did not have any safety features that would automatically prevent it from closing if it sensed something or someone in the way.
Inadequate maintenance and servicing failed to spot illegal closing force
It also became apparent that although a maintenance company had carried out to previous services, (one just six weeks before the incident), they did not carry out certain important safety checks, including one which would have monitored the closing force of the gate.Open Claim Calculator
At a later hearing, the installers of the gate were fined £60,000 and instructed to pay costs of £40,000 in terms of a breach of Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The maintenance company was found guilty of breaching the same act, and was fined £50,000 and instructed to pay costs of a further £40,000.
Launching an Injury claim in South Gloucestershire via Accident Advice Helpline’s website
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