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Court Summary - at a glance
As a principal:
- Ensure that contractors engaged to decommission a lift have an appropriate safety system for all safety issues arising out of decommissioning work, including all necessary safety checks;
- Require contractors to comply with all aspects of the principal’s safety procedure, including written pre-works and daily safety documentation;
- Require contractors to check safety equipment during lift decommissioning, adequately monitor the initial installation process to ensure equipment is properly installed and that lift’s own safety gear is operational.
When the Defendant company was engaged to decommission and remove a small passenger lift they engaged the victim, a self-employed engineering contractor to do this work.
The victim was in the lift car when the wire rope connected to the top of the lift car failed causing the lift car to fall to the bottom of the lift well. The victim sustained fatal injuries in the fall.