22 April 2013
Faulty lift death family could claim
The family of a lift engineer who died after receiving an electric shock while trying to repair an elevator in a prison in London could claim compensation for emotional distress.
The 53-year-old man tragically died of electrocution when he was trying to fix a fault in a lift in London's Pentonville prison in October 2010. The engineer did not isolate the lift from the power supply and was found dead by prison employees later in the day.
His employers, ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK, was recently fined £100,000 by the Health and Safety Executive for multiple breaches in health and safety after it was found that it didn't provide employees with a "safe system of work" in previous years - including when the engineer died.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK had also not provided employees with sufficient information and guidance on repairing lifts and, in the death of the engineer, had failed to make sure that the worker's equipment was fit for use.
Posted by Chris Stevenson
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