THE LIFT FATALITY.



POWERS OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH. MELBOURNE. July 16.



The fatal lift accident last Saturday at the Federal Palace Hotel has caused atten tion to be drawn to the powers of the Board of Health to insist that lifts, in hotels, and public buildings should be con structed so as to ensure the safety of the persons using them. Dr. Gresswell states that as regards public buildings such as theatres, churches, and halls, the board has very extensive powers, but hotels and boarding houses are on a different footing, and the board can deal with them only under a clause of the Act which gives power to make regulations “for the prevention of fire and overcrowding,” and “generally for public safety.” It is intended in the near future to test the powers of the board in this respect. Dr. Gresswell added that he had procured reports from two of his officers regarding the lift at the Federal Palace Hotel, and the reports were to the effect that the lift was not constructed in accordance with the board’s regulations, in asmuch as it was not lighted and was not self-closing.

[R]egarding the lift at the Federal Palace Hotel, … to the effect that the lift … was not lighted and was not self-closing.

Hmmm. That would explain the spate of people falling to their deaths in that hotel … note that the was a death in 1905. Two years after this report.

1903 ‘THE LIFT FATALITY.’, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 17 July, p. 5, viewed 21 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56214973