Westminster City Council v KONE PLC – Southwark Crown Court

John Cooper successfully argued before the Court (His Honour Judge Rivlin QC) that a Senior Environmental Health Officer could not give opinion evidence in relation to general Health and Safety systems in the context of an industry specific incident. The Company had been charged under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act with a safety breach arising from the death of an employee in a lift shaft. After the ruling was given Westminster City Council offered no evidence against the Company. A Not Guilty verdict was recorded and the Company received its costs.

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