Temple Lifts has been fined £50k and ordered to pay £50k prosecution costs after an incident in which an ascending lift carrying 10 people to the Tower Bridge Exhibition suddenly dropped in the shaft causing four of the occupants to suffer from broken legs or ankles and the remaining six to suffer from shock.
The investigation found the root cause to be a critical counterweight which had failed. Temple Lifts had replaced various components in the counterweight, both in the lift in question and on a second lift on site, but failed to investigate why the components were failing. The HSE formed the view that if Temple Lifts had carried out those investigations, they would have identified the problem with the counterweight which could have prevented the incident. Temple Lifts pleaded guilty to two breaches of s 3(1) HSWA.