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Death of five-year old girl in lift: two companies fined

Death of five-year old in lift: two companies prosecuted [remove for onine]

Health and Safety Executive v Synergy Housing Ltd and Orona Ltd (2018) Bournemouth Crown Court, August 23

Statutory reference: s.3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA)

Two companies have pleaded guilty to charges under section 3 of HSWA following the death of a child in a lift.

The facts

  • In August 2015 Alexys Brown, a five-year old girl, used a lift at her home in Weymouth. She put her head through a damaged vision panel. The lift moved upwards and her head was trapped between the lift and the ground floor ceiling. She suffered fatal injuries.

The decision

Both companies pleaded guilty and are due to be sentenced at a later date.

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