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Inquest examines why 79 year-old was killed by faulty stairlift

George Bathmaker died in September 2013. Photo: Source: Bathmaker family

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court is examining the death of a man from Mitcham who died when his stairlift broke. 79 year-old George Bathmaker died from a spinal injury and cardiac arrest in September 2013. The court heard in a statement from his wife Valerie that she heard "the most awful clatter and bang" and found her husband who had fallen down the stairs.

The court also heard from a forensic services expert, James Rennie, who testified that the welding on the lift had been substandard. He added that when Mr Bathmaker had sat back in the seat, the lift had fractured.

The company who made it, Acorn Stairlifts, said they had issued recalls for the make and had taken full responsibility for the incidents.

We would like to reassure our customers that Acorn Stairlifts are safe for use and since these tragic deaths in 2013, there have been no further incidents.

– Acorn Stairlifts

The inquest is also examining the death of 79 year-old James Bell from Ramsgate who died when his stairlift broke in July 2013. The inquest is continuing.