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Property management company guilty plea after lift fall death

01 July 2016

A civil action against Warwick Estates Property Management is proceeding after a case was brought following the death of a resident at an apartment block managed by the company.

The incident occurred in August 2014, when plasterer Craig Jones, a resident at Marsden House, Marsdon Road, Bolton, travelled in a lift at the site with a friend.

After it broke down between the fourth and fifth floors, Mr Jones raised the alarm. When no one answered, he prised open the doors and fell through the gap and down the lift shaft.

He received critical injuries and died in Salford Royal Hospital five hours later, according to the Bolton News.

At an inquest last April, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death, while criticising the management company and landlord for failing to maintain the lift correctly.

It had also been told that instructions for raising the alarm were inadequate and an intermittent fault with the emergency call button system had been identified, after others had become trapped in the lift.

The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted Warwick Estates Property Management for failures under Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company offered a guilty plea to the charge that the firm failed to ensure Mr Jones was not exposed to risk, the Bolton News reported.

Penalties for breaching Section 3 of the Act can result in unlimited fines and up to two years’ imprisonment and a civil action against the company is proceeding.

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