Me­chanic ac­quit­ted over Kaoh­si­ung el­e­va­tor deaths

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A me­chanic has been ac­quit­ted in a case where two peo­ple died in an el­e­va­tor ac­ci­dent in Kaoh­si­ung about 18 months ago, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict court in the south­ern city.

The de­fen­dant, sur­named Li, can­not be held re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of a woman and her son in the el­e­va­tor ac­ci­dent that oc­curred in a res­i­den­tial build­ing where the vic­tims lived on Oct. 4, 2013, the court said.

The woman, sur­named Hsieh, fell into the el­e­va­tor shaft on the sev­enth floor while try­ing to res­cue her 3-year-old son who was caught be­tween the car and the rim of the shaft open­ing when the el­e­va­tor sud­denly as­cended. Both died in­stantly.

The pros­e­cu­tors’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that the sud­den rise of the el­e­va­tor re­sulted from the fail­ure of a com­po­nent in its pro­gram­mable logic con­troller (PLC) sys­tem.

But they charged that the de­fen­dant, who was re­spon­si­ble for the 14-year-old el­e­va­tor’s main­te­nance, should have warned the build­ing’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the need to re­place the aging PLC.

The pros­e­cu­tors in­dicted Li on man­slaugh­ter charges. But no one else in­volved in the man­age­ment of the build­ing was charged.

The dis­trict court, af­ter con­sult- ing el­e­va­tor mak­ers con­cern­ing the PLC sys­tems, said the de­fen­dant could not have been able to fore­see the fail­ure of the com­po­nent.

The court also pointed out that there are no stip­u­la­tions con­cern­ing the ser­vice life of el­e­va­tor PLC sys­tems.

The pros­e­cu­tion could peal against the ver­dict.

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