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Worker falls down lift shaft at care home

3rd Jan 2019

Woodbay Limited, which operates Abbotsford Nursing Home in Ardrossan on Scotland’s west coast, has been fined £50,000 after an employee suffered serious injuries after falling from height.

A lift engineer had been called out to investigate the problem after the lift shaft stopped between the second and third floors. Woodbay allowed its employees to continue to use the lift by opening the doors with a screwdriver.

An employee opened the door and stepped back into the lift, but the platform had not been bought up to the landing level, and she fell around four metres to the ground.

HSE ruled that the lift was not safe to use while the access platform was faulty and Woodbay Limited was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Russell Berry said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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