Safety message from the Office of the Chief Coroner removal of Liko Lift devices
TORONTO - Dr. A. E. Lauwers, Deputy Chief Coroner of Investigations, today announced that the investigation launched in May 2008 into the death of an individual who died as a result of a fall from a lift device at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre - O'Connor Gate, has concluded.
The expert engineer was unable to determine the cause of the failure of the Liko Model UNO102EE that resulted in the death. During the investigation, it became apparent that other Liko Model lifts failed at another Leisureworld site. It was the opinion of the engineer that the Leisureworld staff were utilizing the lift appropriately in the failure which occurred at O'Connor Gate. In keeping with its public safety mandate, the Office of the Chief Coroner is strongly recommending that all Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities and other public/private institutions that employ this device, take them out of service. They should not be placed back into service until the manufacturer, Liko, determines the cause of the failures and can advise on corrective measures.
There are 224 Liko Model UNO102EE lifts in use in Ontario. The Office of the Chief Coroner has informed Liko and Health Canada of the findings of the investigation.