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Thursday 28 August 2014

Lift safety alert after boy crushed to death

Brian McDonald

Published 07/02/2014 | 02:30

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Gardai at the scene of a tragic accident involving a lift in Hynes Building in Galway City where Solomon Soremekun, inset, died. Photo: Andrew Downes

THE Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has issued an alert following the death of a toddler in a passenger lift shaft in Galway.

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Three-year-old Solomon Soremekun's body was found in the lift shaft at the Hynes Building office complex in Galway city on January 17. He died from crush injuries.

His mother, Omolara, told her solicitor that the family had been coming out of the social welfare office when the lift door opened and Solomon had jumped in. But the door had closed before his mother or sisters could join him.

The little boy was unable to get out of the lift and shortly afterwards his body was discovered in the lift shaft.

Gardai and the HSA have been carrying out separate investigations into the tragedy and the HSA has now published a passenger lift safety alert on its website. It is directed at those who maintain passenger lifts.

It says that 'an issue' has now been identified with a number of passenger lifts when in motion between floors.

"Should pressure be applied to open the doors, the following occurs: the lift car will stop, the doors on the affected passenger lifts will then go through an opening cycle exposing persons to a potential hazard and the doors will then close again.

"Once they are not obstructed, the lift will continue to its destination as normal."

Irish Independent

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