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UK Lift Company fined after manager breaks pelvis in fall

Northampton-based UK Lift Company has been ordered to pay out £10,000 after an employee was seriously injured in a 6.5m fall down a lift shaft in February 2008.

Lincoln Magistrates Court heard the company’s assistant site manager, Michael Richards, fell from the second floor at North Kesteven School in Lincolnshire while helping a lift engineer.  

He suffered a broken pelvis, other broken bones, fractures and ligament damage.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Judith McNulty-Green described the man’s injuries as “very serious” and said the incident could have been easily avoided.

She said: “Risks of this nature must be managed by carrying out a suitable risk assessment and implementing and enforcing the necessary control measures. Those measures in this case would have ideally been locating the working platform on the second floor or installing barriers and signage.

“Had appropriate control measures been put in place when the lift was being repaired, the injuries could have been avoided.”

The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in legal costs after pleading guilty to breaching two sections of the Work At Height Regulations.