Lift company to stand trial on safety charges

Hynes Building
Hynes Building: where the tragedy happened in January 2014.

A lift installation company is to stand trial next June for alleged breaches of health and safety regulations in relation to a lift it installed in the Hynes Building in Galway almost twenty years ago.

Ennis Lifts Ltd., Elevation Business Park, Clon Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, faces prosecution under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989.

The company was charged last April, that while being an employer on June 25, 1998, at the Hynes Building, St. Augustine Street, it failed to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in its employment who may be affected, were not exposed to risks to their safety or health, in that it installed and put into service a passenger lift which had a horizontal distance between the inner surface of the lift well wall and the sill of the lift car door in excess of 0.15m, without taking measures to address the gap, being thus in breach of Section 7(1) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989, contrary to Section 48(1) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989.

A barrister, representing the company, told Galway Circuit Criminal Court last week that the prosecution was brought following a fatality in Hynes Buildings.

Judge Rory McCabe listed the matter for trial, which is expected to last three days, on June 12 next.