Lift Company & Lift Attendant to be Charged with Manslaughter

    Published on March 19th, 2015 | by David Harrison

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    The owners of a lift system and a lift attendant are to be charged with mansluaghter following the death of British teenager Kieron Brookes in the resort of Chatel in the French Alps in February 20111.

    Kieron became trapped as he tried to get off the lift and was suspended by his clothing for over 4 minutes. He was taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital where he died on 17 March 2011.

    The lift company are charged with failing to enforce a rule banning skiers from using the lift while wearing backpacks, not carrying out daily checks on equipment and not ensuring a safety device which could stop the lift was properly installed.

    The lift attendant is accused of not being at his post at the time of the accident and not reacting when other skiers’ called him to hit the emergency stop button.

     

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