Care home resident died after lift shaft fall (From The Northern Echo): A PENSIONER with Alzheimer’s died after she plunged down a lift shaft when the door was left unsecured, a court heard yesterday.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the frail 92-year-old stepped into the empty shaft because the lift was out-of-order and could not move.
County Durham company�Derwent Lift Services, based on Greencroft Industrial Estate, in Annfield Plain, pleaded not guilty to three counts of failing to discharge �its statutory duty between October 8, 1993, and September 23, 2010, as well as failing to conduct a suitable and safe risk assessment on or around September 18, 2010.
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