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Prosecution Details

Defendant Kone Elevators Pty Ltd
Trading Name Not Applicable
Regulation 4.56(1)(a)
Offence Date Monday, 15 December 1997
Description of Breach(es)

Being the main contractor responsible for servicing the lift, failed to maintain the lift, and in particular, the overtravel main current switch, in accordance with AS 1735.2-1993, amendment number 1, October 1995, clause 31.3.2(c).

Background Details

The investigating inspector observed in the lift motor room an electrical switch, known as a tappet switch, had its cover removed exposing live electric wires and also one phase of the three phase power had been altered to by-pass the tappet switch.

The tappet switch is a mechanically operated main current limit switch designed and installed to completely cut off all electrical energy to all parts of the motor, brake and control panel by the mechanical operation of the switch.

The electrical conductors for one phase of this switch were permanently joined together which meant that this phase of the switch was shorted out. That meant that when the switch was operated, only two phases of the switch would open leaving the supply of one phase to the controller.

The defendant pleaded guilty.

Outcome Summary convicted
Conviction Date 24 Mar 1998
Court Perth Court of Petty Sessions
Fine $600
Costs $83.50
Charge Number 10800/98