ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ltd and Chun Ming Engineering Co., Ltd were found guilty of negligence and misconduct by the Registered Lift Contractor Disciplinary Board.
The Board ordered the two companies to be fined $90,000 and $50,000 respectively and to pay $334,635 and $231,289 respectively for the costs incurred in the proceedings.
There were two charges against ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ltd. The first charge arose from its conviction by the court on September 30, 2009, for contravention of the Ordinance while being the registered lift contractor engaged to carry out the lift works at Shin Nga House, Fu Shin Estate, Tai Po. The other charge consisted of four items, two of which involved failure to keep lifts and accessories in good working order, while the other two items involved failure to enter or to cause to be entered into the log book details or correct details of lift works carried out.
There were also two charges against Chun Ming Engineering Co., Ltd. The first charge was for failure to keep two lifts and accessories in good working order at Nan Fung Centre, Tsuen Wan, while the other charge was for failure to ensure that lift works were carried out by competent lift workers as required under the Ordinance.
A spokesman for the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department said, "The Government welcomes the decision of the Board. The EMSD will continue to enforce the Ordinance sternly, pursue publicity and education work and implement improvement actions with a view to enhancing lift and escalator safety."
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