Schoolgirl Suffers Back Injury In Lift Shaft Fall

Council Working With HSE To Investigate Incident

09.12.2011

Investigations are underway after a 15-year-old girl suffered back injuries when she fell five metres down a lift shaft at Liberton High School in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City Council has confirmed it is working with the Health and Safety Executive in relation to the incident yesterday morning (December 8th), which reportedly happened when a lift became stuck between floors at the site.

The doors on the lift were opened to get people out and it is thought that this is when the youngster fell. She was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with back injuries and was sent home later.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist public liability claims experts act for those who are injured in incidents in public places, including in buildings such as hospitals and schools.

Elaine Russell, a Partner at the firm’s Glasgow office who has expertise in the area, said: “While it is good news that the youngster involved this incident was not more seriously hurt, it is clear there are major questions to be answered over how it came to occur.

“Only a handful of details are currently known about this incident, but we hope that the Health and Safety Executive and the local council are able to work thoroughly to gain answers which will go some way to ensuring lessons can be learned.

“It is vital that such efforts are carried out as soon as possible to prevent anyone else being hurt in a similar manner in the future.”