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    WOMAN DIED TRAPPED IN POWERED ROLLER DOOR

    Firm did not check the operation of the safety sensors

    An electrical company has been fined after a woman was fatally crushed by a roller shutter door in Cambridge in August 2016.

    Peterborough Magistrates heard how Heidi Chalkley pressed the button to open the roller-shutter door at Ruth Bagnall Court, Cambridge. She held onto the grille as it raised and became trapped as it wound around the roller, causing fatal crushing injuries.

    Inspection one month before death

    HSE investigators found that the sensors at the top of the door were incorrectly wired and no longer functioned as the door opened.

    The defendant carried out work on the roller shutter door since 2012, including an inspection one month before the incident. The company did not check the operation of the safety sensors and failed to identify the fault.

    • B.S. Graves (Electrical) Limited – of Rushmere Close, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,500.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Graeme Warden commented:

    “This tragic and distressing incident has had an untold impact on all those who knew Heidi. It could have been avoided if the company had ensured employees were suitably trained to inspect the doors and the functioning of the safety sensors.”

     

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