Barman dies after becoming trapped in lift, inquest hears

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A barman working at a nightclub in Swansea died after being pinned against a lift by furniture.

An inquest into Cyran Stewart’s death heard that he had been moving furniture from the basement of a branch of Walkabout.

Acting senior coroner, Colin Phillips, said that one of the chairs Mr Stewart had been carrying became jammed against the lift shaft’s steel framework as the lift ascended.

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The inquest, which is expected to last two weeks, heard that Mr Stewart had been trapped for 30 minutes when the incident happened in February 2014.

Staff tried to free Mr Stewart by turning an emergency wheel in the basement after the lift came to a halt just short of the ground floor.

The jury at the inquest was shown a Health and Safety Executive video, demonstrating how lift users sometimes used an override switch to keep the safety door open.

According to a BBC report, Huw Griffiths from South Wales Police, explained to the inquest that this was not an isolated incident and that there has been a number of incidents where staff had had to be released from the lift.

Evidence given at the inquest said that the lift’s internal gate has been open. The jury heard that there would be an attempt to establish Mr Stewart’s cause of death by looking at the lift’s condition and how it was operates.

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