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    LIFT SHAFT FALL CAUSES SERIOUS INJURY

    Site manager falls whilst assisting lift maintenance engineer

    The UK Lift Company of Northampton has been ordered to pay £10k in fines and prosecutions costs after failing to carry out the repair of a school lift safely. The case arose from an incident at a school when a site manager fell over 6m down a lift shaft whilst assisting a lift engineer. He suffered serious injury including a broken pelvis.

    HSE Inspector Judith McNulty-Green said: “Working at a lift landing with the landing door open is clearly unsafe, generating a foreseeable risk of a fall. This is made worse by the presence of other people, either assisting or unexpectedly entering the danger zone, particularly in a school where there are pupils in the vicinity. Risks of this nature must be managed by carrying out a suitable risk assessment and implementing and enforcing the necessary control measures. Those measures in this case would have ideally been locating the working platform on the second floor or installing barriers and signage.

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