Lift and housing firms face court action over tragic death of five-year-old girl

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Middlesex-based lift company Orona Ltd is set to face charges in court alongside a housing association following the death of a five-year-old girl who became trapped between a lift and a ceiling at her home in Weymouth.        

An initial coroner report heard that police inquiries into Alexys Brown’s death concluded that nobody had been charged.

Now the The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be prosecuting the two firms for alleged breaches of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following an investigation by HSE.

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Representatives from The Aster Group, which owns Synergy Housing – the company which arranged the lift’s installation, and Orona, who was responsible for maintaining the lift, appeared at the pre-inquest review earlier this year.

A HSE spokesman confirmed to the Doset Echo this week that HSE is prosecuting Synergy Housing Limited, Aster Property Limited, and Orona Limited for breaches of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

He said: “This follows the death of five-year-old Alexys Brown at her family home in Weymouth, on 13 August 2015. The defendants are due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 16 February 2018.”

According to HSE, the companies involved in the case have been told this week about the decision to prosecute them.

A full jury inquest into the death is expected to be held after the case has been concluded.

A spokesperson from Aster, said: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the outcome of the forthcoming legal proceedings before they are concluded.  We continue to co-operate fully with the HSE. The thoughts of everyone at Aster remain with the Brown family during this difficult period. We’ll continue to provide any support to them that we can, for as long as they need it.”

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