Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire a Tudor Mansion built by Queen Elizabeth's Lord High Treasurer in the 16th century, has just now been fined for the death of their butler, Arthur Mellar, in July 2014.
Arthur Mellar was the butler at Burghley House when he was using the lift to carry guests' bags from the ground floor to the second floor in the private area of Burghley House (part of Burghley House is open to the public). When one of the bags became jammed and the lift stopped, the butler tried to free the bag but the lift descended on him, trapping Arthur between the lift cage and the bannister of the stairwell housing the lift.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) later found, upon examination of the lift, that it had not been fitted with a slack rope detector. A health and safety assessment of the lift would have shown it should have been thoroughly examined and tested, whereupon a competent lift engineer should have identified defects with the lift, including the lack of a slack rope detector.
The accident was entirely avoidable, had the lift been properly examined and maintained. Burghley House admitted their role in Arthur Millars death and were fined £266,000 and ordered to pay costs under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
HSE is urging any business that uses lifts, especially older lifts such as the one in Burghley House, to make sure they are properly maintained by competent lift engineers. As shown by this tragic case, things can go wrong, costing people their lives...
To see the original article by the Health and Safety Executive from February 27, 2017 click here.