Heavy fines for companies that caused serious escalator accident in Welwyn Garden City’s Howard Centre

The top of the escalator in the Howard Centre, WGC

The top of the escalator in the Howard Centre, WGC - Credit: Archant

Two companies whose blundering mix-up in Welwyn Garden City left a young woman permanently injured have been ordered to pay substantial fines.

Multinational Otis Ltd was fined £240,000 at St Albans Crown Court, and its much smaller sub-contractor Complete Escalator Services (CES) was fined £13,000.

A mix-up between two pairs of workmen in the Howard Centre caused a 24-year-old to fall through an escalator, crushing one leg.

Otis was ordered to pay costs of £30,202 to Welwyn Hatfield Council, which investigated the accident in October 2013, while CES must pay £11,332 to the authority.

For a full report, see next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, in shops from Wednesday.

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