NEWS: HSE to prosecute three firms over Weymouth lift girl death

Two multi-million pound housing firms and a lift company are to be prosecuted for the death of ‘beautiful bright little girl’, Alexys Brown who was killed at her Weymouth home in 2015.

HSE announced today it will be prosecuting Synergy Housing Limited, Aster Property Limited, and Orona Limited for breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Five-year-old, Alexys Brown, died at her home in Weymouth, Dorset on 13 August 2015 after becoming trapped between a lift and a ceiling.

The three companies are due to appear in court on 16 February 2018 to face charges.

Synergy Housing, which merged in 2012 with Aster Group, the overarching corporate entity of Aster Property Limited, posts annual revenues of £145 million.

Aster Property Limited is a Limited Liability Company that sits under the umbrella of the Group. It posted £55 million in revenue last year.

Orona Limited, based in Middlesex, designs, manufactures, maintains lifts and posted £2.1million in profits for last year.

Little Alexys was remembered as “a beautiful bright little girl” on a Just Giving page, set up after the tragedy by a family friend of the Browns and as "always smiling."

Aster was contacted for a comment. A spokesperson said: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the outcome of the forthcoming legal proceedings before they are concluded. We continue to co-operate fully with the HSE. The thoughts of everyone at Aster remain with the Brown family during this difficult period. We’ll continue to provide any support to them that we can, for as long as they need it.”