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Boss in the dock over lift accident
A BUSINESSMAN has been fined £5,000 after an employee was badly injured in an accident involving an unsafe lift.
Thames Magistrates Court heard how on September 27 last year an employee of the EAOO and J. Zeloof Partnership in Brick Lane called the lift to the ground floor of the building.
After waiting, he opened the door to the lift and walked forward. Unknown to him the lift had remained on the second floor and he fell almost four metres to the base of the lift shaft, breaking both wrists.
An investigation arranged by Tower Hamlets Council’s health and safety enforcement team revealed several defects in the lift, one of which allowed the landing door to be opened when the lift was not actually there.
Another contributory factor to the accident was the poor lighting on the ground floor, the court heard.
In a prosecution by the council, Ofer Zeloof, a partner at the company, pleaded guilty to two offences: one under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for failing to maintain the lift and one under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 for failing to have the lift thoroughly examined every six months.
He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,442 costs.
Lead councillor for environment Motin Uz-Zaman said: “Accidents involving lifts can result in serious injury and even death. I urge all employers to live up to their responsibilities and get their lifts checked regularly. It could save a great deal of misery and injury.”