Council fined over pupil’s lift plunge

The incident took place at Liberton High School
The incident took place at Liberton High School
Have your say

A TEENAGER was left in hospital after plunging five metres into a lift shaft at Liberton High School.

The girl, who was 15-years-old at the time, was one of four pupils trapped in the lift between floors when staff came to their aid in December 2011.

But despite their efforts, the fourth-year fell through the gap between the bottom of the lift and the floor level into the shaft.

She was left with three fractured vertebrae, bruising to her back and a sprained wrist.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court also heard that she spent two days at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and faced two weeks off school.

Today at the court, the city council was fined £8000 after pleading guilty to a breach of health and safety at work regulations.

The council had been charged with failing to make a suitable assessment of the risks to the health and safety of persons not in their employment who used the lift at Liberton High School and failing to provide sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to employees in what to do if someone was trapped in a lift.