Law Firm Calls For Lessons To Be Learnt Over Tourist Lift Accident

Tower Bridge lift accident

12.05.2009

A leading national law firm has expressed concern over a lift accident at Tower Bridge which left at least six people needing hospital treatment.

Irwin Mitchell's Keith Barrett, who is representing the family of the victim of an horrific accident in a lift in an exclusive City gym, said it was 'deeply worrying' that people had been injured and said lessons would need to be learnt from the latest incident in the capital A Health and Safety Executive investigation is now under way at Tower Bridge after reports that a lift in the bridge's North Tower carrying as many as 16 people plummeted around 10ft to the ground.

The bridge is currently closed while investigators examine the scene of the accident at the popular tourist spot yesterday. Mr Barrett represents the family of 32-year-old City banker Katarzyna Woja, who died in an incident at the Broadgate Health Club in March 2003. Civil and Criminal proceedings are continuing in that case.

Commenting on the Tower Bridge incident, Mr Barrett said: "This is extremely worrying news and we obviously hope that the people injured make a quick recovery. But the case of my client shows, tragically, what can happen in cases like this and it's very concerning that there has been another incident.

"The key will be establishing the history of the lift itself and whether it was inspected regularly and maintained properly. But it's absolutely vital that the investigators establish quickly what went wrong here and that any lessons that can be learnt are taken on board, not just by the operators in this case but by all lift operators."