Wilko fined £2.2m after “horrific workplace accident”

Household goods giant Wilko has been fined £2.2million after an incident at a Leicester store left a 20-year-old female worker paralysed, after a cage full of paint tins fell on her.

Corisande Collins, a student working part-time at the Wilko store in the Beaumont Shopping Centre in August 2013, suffered severe spinal injuries after the heavily-laden metal cage fell while she was trying to manoeuvre it out from an uneven lift floor.

The company was also ordered to pay £70,835 in costs.

Hotel chain fined for lift death

A hotel chain has been fined £400,000 after a trapped guest died trying to escape from a lift which had broken down 40 times in three years.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that Jarvis had failed to act on 30 recommendations to repair the lift in the Learmonth Hotel.

Richard Fareham, 61, from Stafford, plunged down the lift shaft during an attempted rescue.

Burghley House fined £266k over butler lift-crush death

The owners of Tudor stately home have been fined £266,000 after a butler was crushed to death by a faulty lift.

Arthur Mellar, 47, died after being seriously injured at Burghley House, on the Lincolnshire-Cambridgeshire border, on 12 July 2014.

Peterborough Crown Court heard the lift fell onto Mr Mellar as he tried to free a jammed item of luggage.

Holmes Place gym fined over Polish banker's lift death

A health club and a lift company have been fined £233,000 each after a banker was crushed to death by a lift.

Polish-born Katarzyna Woja, 32, was killed as she stepped out of a lift at Broadgate Health Club in the City of London on 12 March 2003.

She was dragged between a wall and the lift when it suddenly fell a few feet and stopped between two floor levels.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK and Holmes Place Health Clubs previously admitted breaking health and safety laws.

Bolton lift shaft death fall: Company fined £120,000

A building management company has been fined £120,000 after the death of a man who fell down a lift shaft.

Craig Jones, 27, fell about five floors down the shaft after the lift broke down in Marsden House in Bolton town centre in August 2014.

He had "lost his footing" after an item of clothing caught on something while he tried to climb out, a court heard.

Warwick Estates Property Management admitted breaching health and safety regulations at Bolton Crown Court.

Tesco fined over worker's foot crushing

A supermarket has been fined after an employee lost five toes when his foot was crushed by a faulty lift.

Mohammed Ferdous, 31, was working in the basement of the Tesco Metro in Warwick Way, Victoria, central London, removing crates of food.

Westminster City Council prosecuted Tesco and the lift maintenance contractor Otis.

Tesco, fined £115,000, said it "deeply regretted" the injury. Otis was fined £110,000.

Care home owners fined £100,000 after death of OAP who fell down lift shaft

Husband and wife Shirwan and Nasik Al-Mufti, the owners of Pontcanna House in Cardiff, admitted health and safety breaches following the death of May Lewis, 96.

May Lewis died in March 2012 after a care home worker tried to reverse the wheelchair-bound 96-year-old into a lift on the second floor of the Cardiff home.

Mrs Lewis suffered fatal injuries, while carer Carol Conway was found semi-conscious with broken ribs, a broken ankle and four fractures in her back.

At Cardiff Crown Court, husband and wife Shirwan and Nasik Al-Mufti, the owners of Pontcanna House, were fined £75,000 and told to pay £25,000 costs for health and safety breaches.

Herne Bay care home lift crush death bosses fined £60k

The former owners of a care home, where a worker was fatally crushed in a lift, have been fined £60,000.

Joan Daws, 64, was pinned to the wall of the lift by a weighing chair at The Laleham care home in Herne Bay, Kent in October 2013.

KCRH Limited ran the home and admitted health and safety failings before Canterbury magistrates in February.

Club owners fined over lift fall

The owners of a nightclub have been fined £50,000 after a woman fell 30ft (9m) down a goods lift shaft.

Leanne Shearer, now 21, suffered head, spine and neck injuries in the fall at the Krazy House on Wood Street, Liverpool, on New Year's Day 2006.

Liverpool Crown Court heard she opened a door thinking it was the way out but fell to the concrete floor below.

Club owners Cashnext Ltd admitted failing to ensure the safety of non-employees and were given a fine.

They were also ordered to pay £30,000 costs.

RADA fined after fashion designer plunges 24ft down lift shaft and shatters both his legs

Hector Maclean, 25, shattered both his legs in the horrific accident at a property owned by RADA in central London.

The academy insisted the external metal doors, which formerly gave access from the building's basement onto the street, were locked.

But a lawyer for the drama school apologised for the injury caused and admitted it could have been much more severe, saying: "The risk here was of death."

Describing the incident at Ridgmount Street on 29 March last year, prosecutor James Caren said: "Mr Maclean fell through a set of metal double doors a distance of about six to seven metres, onto the base of a lift shaft, the concrete base.

Owners of The Nightingale nightclub fined after an employee fell down a lift shaft

Birmingham City Council prosecuted The Nightingale (UK) Limited which is based at Wynner House, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, and runs The Nightingale in Kent Street following the incident in July 2016, in which an employee sustained a broken back.

The company pleaded guilty to one offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and were also ordered to pay court costs of £6,251.15 plus a £120 victim surcharge.

Jedburgh lift shaft fall: Firm fined after worker seriously injured

Tool packer James Douglas, 62, severely fractured his right hip and heel in the accident in 2013.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard a loaded cage trolley landed on top of him after the fall and he also damaged his sciatic nerve, knees and lower legs.

The LS Starrett Company was fined £3,000 over safety failings.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Douglas initially lost his balance and fell down a lift shaft, landing on a platform two meters below.

Engineering company fined €750k after lift carrying wedding guests collapsed four storeys

An engineering company involved in lift installation has been fined €750,000 after a hotel lift catastrophically collapsed seven years after it had been installed.

And a file is being referred back to the DPP to go see if there can be further prosecution.

The lift, which was carrying a family of guests for a wedding party, suddenly dropped four storeys at the Killarney Plaza Hotel on July 9, 2011.

Those in the lift, three of whom were gardai, have suffered ongoing injuries as a result of the incident.

One Dead, One Injured in Lift Car Plunge Tragedy

A company and a self employed contractor have been fined for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured falling six storeys through a lift shaft.

Southwark Crown Court heard on that on January 17 2011 work was being carried out to decommission a lift shaft in a building that was being converted into luxury apartments in the London Victoria area, when the chain supporting the lift car broke while two men were working on top of it, causing it to fall to the bottom of the shaft.

One of the men was wearing a harness attached to the top of the lift car. Because he fell in the space between the car and shaft, he survived with serious injuries. The other man was not wearing a harness and died instantly.

The Health and Safety Executive carried out an investigation and found that the planning and management of the project was inadequate in relation to work at height and the lift decommissioning work.

T E Scudder Ltd of Great Central Way, Wembley acted as the principle contractor and employer on site. The company pleaded guilty and was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay £27,408 in costs.

£400,000 fine after lift deaths

Two companies have been fined a total of £400,000 for breaching health and safety laws after two men plunged 100ft (30m) to their deaths in a lift shaft.

Michael Dawson, 27, and Daniel Digby, 25, died when the lift doors on the seventh floor of Shirley Towers, Southampton, gave way in February 2001.

Otis Investments and Otis Ltd admitted failing to ensure the lifts at the council block were safely maintained.

Poor communication contributed to lift death

Lift manufacturer Schindler has been fined £300,000 for safety failings after an employee was crushed to death while installing a passenger lift at Heathrow Airport.

Lift engineer Kevin Dawson, 45, was helping with the construction of Terminal 5A at London Heathrow when the incident occurred on 27 October 2007.

Isleworth Crown Court heard that Mr Dawson was working from a ladder within the pit of a lift shaft, into which he and other Schindler employees were installing three new lift cars. As a colleague used one of the cars to fetch equipment from a higher level, a counterweight descended, crushing Mr Dawson and causing fatal injuries.

Tower Bridge lift fall company told to pay £100k

A company operating a lift in Tower Bridge which fell and seriously injured four people in 2009 has been told to pay £100,000 due to its "catastrophic failure".

The injured suffered broken ankles and legs and one woman is still undergoing operations as a result of the accident.

Six others were treated for shock.

Temple Lifts, the operating company, admitted to two counts of breaching health and safety law on the north and south lifts.

Ten people were in the lift when it fell three metres into its service pit because a vital mechanism failed.

Firm fined after worker's lift shaft death

A company was ordered to pay £45,000 in a fine and costs at the Old Bailey today after a fitter was crushed to death in a lift accident.

Andrew Bates, 40, was working on a refurbishment of the lift at a surveyors' firm in Mayfair, central London, when he was killed.

The court heard Mr Bates screamed as he was caught between the top of the lift where he was working and the top of a fourth floor landing door after damage to a cable had caused the lift to shoot suddenly upwards.

Mr Bates, an experienced lift operative, was carrying out routine work on December 6 2005 for J Brown Services Ltd of West Kingsdown, Kent, when the accident happened.

The company admitted a charge under health and safety law.

Company fined after worker suffers hand injuries

PD Lift Services Limited has been fined £36,000 after a worker lost his thumb while working on passenger lifts in north London. Westminster Magistrates Court heard how the worker was replacing the lifts at Tufnell Park underground station.

Lift engineer, 37, is crushed to death after he falls ten metres down elevator shaft

An engineer has been crushed to death by a lift after he fell down an elevator shaft on his first day in a new job.

The man, believed to be 37 years old, had only been working in Queens House, in Hull city centre, for a few hours when he plummeted 10 metres down the shaft and was crushed by the lift.

Horrified employees were ushered out of the offices when the whole building began to shake - caused by the stuck lift starting to vibrate.

Grandmother crushed to death after lift shot upwards as she stepped through doors

A grandmother of six was killed instantly after the brakes in a lift she was entering failed and it shot up, an inquest has heard.

Animal charity worker Christine Allen had just stepped into the lift on the the eighth floor of a London tower block after visiting her daughter and grandchildren. However the capsule started going up, trapping her between the lift and the shaft.

At a jury inquest into the 50-year-old's death on Wednesday, Walthamstow Coroner's Court heard how a faulty brake system at the tower block on the Orchard Estate in Woodford Green, north east London, was to blame.

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