Turner Access Higher Safety Total Access
Total Access Ethentic Chipmunk Data
Chipmunk Data Turner Access Ethentic

MAJOR LIFT FIRM FINED OVER OUTDATED PROCEDURES

Death of engineer reveals longstanding system and information failings

ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK Ltd (TKE), a national lift and elevator firm, has been sentenced for safety failings uncovered following the death of a lift engineer from an electric shock whilst he was working at Pentonville prison in North London.

Steven Loake, aged 53, died whilst fixing a prison chapel lift on 5 October 2010. The lift power supply was not isolated and he was found dead by a prison employee the same day.

Southwark Crown Court heard that the cause of the incident was Mr Loake coming into contact simultaneously with a live conductor and metal parts of the lift structure, thus creating a path to earth and giving him a fatal electric shock.

Investigators found the lift had not been isolated from the mains and that Mr Loake’s electrical test instrument had exposed test probes which can lead to ‘flashovers’ or arcing. HSE investigators found the company failed to:

  • System of work – provide a safe system of work for those carrying out work on live electrical systems;
  • Information and instruction – provided sufficient concerning work on electrical systems; and
  • Equipment maintenance – ensure work equipment was fit for use i.e. multimeter was not maintained in good repair and insulation had been stripped back exposing an excessive amount of metal, causing an increased risk of shock and burns.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK Ltd, of Bull Close Road, Nottingham, admitted single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates.

Fatality was an “accident waiting to happen”

ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK Ltd (TKE) was (15 April) fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £25,748 for breaches of safety legislation identified during the HSE investigation.

It was never contended that the breaches directly caused Mr Loake’s death.

HSE told the court that TKE Ltd was fined £233,000 at Southwark Crown Court for a breach of Section (3)1 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in 2010. That case related to the death of a member of the public in March 2003 in an incident involving a lift at the Broadgate Health Club in the City that TKE was responsible for maintaining.

After the case, HSE Inspector John Crookes said:

“The company’s failures in providing a safe system of work along with appropriate information and instruction went back more than ten years. The combined effect of these inadequacies was that all TKE’s lift fitters and field operatives were exposed to an unacceptable risk when working with the company’s outdated procedures.

In that sense, Mr Loake’s death, though not directly caused by the failings, can be seen as an example of the ‘accident waiting to happen’. The extent of the breaches demonstrates that TKE’s performance, as one of the leading companies in the UK lift industry, fell well below the required standard. They should be setting the standard in safety and provide an example to other operators.”

Latest Construction Health and Safety News

FATALITY: CRANE COLLAPSE ON HOMES PROJECT

Two workmen die in crane collapse in Crewe

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 23rd June 2017

BUILD UK EXPLAINS PROJECT H&S TRAINING STANDARD

UK contractors clarify skill cards needed on CDM 2015 projects

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st June 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 21 JUNE 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 21st June 2017

CIVILS FIRMS PAYS PRICE OVER PUBLIC DANGER

Fencing wire struck member of public relaxing in own garden

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th June 2017

DELAYED RESCUE CONTRIBUTED TO DEATH AT HEIGHT

MEWP operator died trapped between controls and roof beam

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 20th June 2017

CLIENT FINED UNDER CDM 2007 & CDM 2015

Construction work must be properly managed from outset

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th June 2017

WORKMAN BURNED WHILST CUTTING LIVE CABLE

Firms to pay £500,000 over unsafe system for electrical work

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th June 2017

WORKMAN CHEATS DEATH IN 8M ROOFLIGHT FALL

Steel fabricators fined over unsafe short-term roofwork

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 19th June 2017

HOMES FIRM DIRECTOR CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER

Excavation collapse dangers ignored by director and digger operator

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th June 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 14th JUNE 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 14th June 2017

BOSS AND FOREMAN CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER

Safety standards allowed to fall despite HSE enforcement action

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 10th June 2017

WORK AT HEIGHT ADVANCES HIGHLIGHTED AT EXPO

Access Industry Forum (AIF) puts height safety first at Expo 2017

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th June 2017

PRICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE RISES STEADILY

Roofing company fined £80,000 for ignoring advice and HSE notice

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 9th June 2017

MANUAL HANDLING OFFENCE FINED £67,000

Significant risk in handling excavator wheel not avoided or assessed

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 8th June 2017

COMPANY RELIED UPON EXPERIENCED WORKERS

Lack of precautions to prevent fall through fragile rooflight

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th June 2017

CLIENT FAILED TO APPOINT COMPETENT CONTRACTOR

Contractor receives prison term whilst CDM client fined £160,000

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th June 2017

PUZZLES HELP DELIVER CITB AND NEBOSH COURSES

Innovative new tool available to support effective H&S training

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th June 2017

NEW DUMPER TO IMPROVE SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY

Manufacturer promises greater visibility, stability and operator protection

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th June 2017

HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 7th JUNE 2017

hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices weekly update and analysis

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 7th June 2017

NEW GUIDE ON GUILTY PLEA SENTENCING

Sentencing Council guidelines may assist corporate H&S offenders

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 6th June 2017

MAJOR CONTRACTOR RESPONDS TO ‘BEARDS BAN’ BLAST

Union calls for dust elimination and consultation before imposing ban

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th June 2017

CONSTRUCTION DEATHS TUMBLE IN 2016/17

Latest HSE latest records suggests substantial drop in worker fatalities

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 5th June 2017

WRONGLY INSTALLED MACHINE SEVERED HAND

Manufacturer instructions not followed during saw installation

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd June 2017

LACK OF SITE FENCING LED TO TRENCH DROWNING

Vulnerable member of the public died in flooded excavation

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd June 2017

NEW HSE ENDORSED MEWP GUIDANCE FOR MANAGERS

Securing safe plant and operation set out in new industry guide

Read the rest of this article »

Posted on 2nd June 2017
Turner Access Chipmunk Data
Total Access Ethentic
Higher Safety Turner Access