Falling lift leads to prosecution

Temple Lifts Limited, of south London, were ordered to pay £100,000 in fines and costs by Southwark Crown Court after an incident at the Tower Bridge Exhibition. The incident involved a lift car falling three metres down a shaft due to the failure of a counterweight mechanism.

There were ten passengers in the lift and some sustained broken bones. It was found that there had been previous failures of components on the two lifts in service, but management only replaced parts instead of trying to discover why the failures had arisen. Health and Safety Executive inspector Michael la Rose urged all those in control of lifts to make sure that lifts are properly maintained and urgent action is taken where issues or concerns are identified.

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