Take-away owner charged with involuntary homicide over employee elevator death
The employer of a worker who died after getting stuck in an elevator door at a take-away outlet two years ago has been charged with involuntary homicide.
The accident, which left Marco Gonzi, 48, from Fgura dead, took place on 13 September 2014, at around 11.15pm. The court imposed a ban on the publication of the name and location of the establishment.
Paul Grech, 51, from Tarxien, who runs the establishment, was this week charged with causing Mr Gonzi’s death through negligence or through non-observance of regulations.
He was also charged, as an employer, of breaching several health and safety laws, including failure to carry out a health and safety evaluation at the workplace to identify the risks, failing to inform his employees about the potential risks and failing to ensure that the workers are given the necessary equipment training. He was also charged with failing to ensure that the lift was inspected and certified every six months.
Sources said the victim died when he used a goods lift that was not intended to carry people.
Mr Grech was arraigned by summons before Magistrate Joseph Mifsud.
Inspector Johann Fenech prosecuted. Lawyers Franco Debono, Marion Camilleri and Amadeus Cachia appeared for Mr Grech.