Take-away owner charged with in­vol­un­tary homi­cide over em­ployee el­e­va­tor death

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Neil Camil­leri

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.

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