Disabled man forced to drag himself down steps after lift breaks

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Disabled man forced to drag himself down steps after lift breaks

Steve Duwell asked his friends to film as he lowered himself down the 2ft drop (Picture: Mercury)

A disabled man claims he has to ‘degrade’ himself every day by dragging his body down steps outside his house because of a broken mobility life. 

Steve Duwell asked his friends to film as he lowered himself down the 2ft drop outside his home to raise awareness of his plight.

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The 49-year-old who suffers from terminal cancer and osteoporosis of the spine claims it is the fifth time the lift has broken down in seven months after the device was allegedly incorrectly installed.

Before that he said he was left without mobility access for a year because of delays in the installation.

Affinity Sutton Housing Association, who are responsible for Steve’s home, have apologised to him and offered him alternative accommodation.









But the former gardener said the physical and mental stress has ‘broken’ his already weak body and put his safety at risk.

‘I’m meant to come out on to the concrete platform and the lift should come up so I can roll onto it and then be lowered down,’ he explained.

‘I’ve got a collapsed ankle, osteoporosis of the spine, acute angina so my heart only functions at a third of what it should and terminal cancer – a single jolt or slip could be the end of me.

‘Each time I want to go out I could shatter my spine or my heart could fail from the strain.

‘In the video I have friends with me but when I’m by myself and need to run errands I have to bump the wheelchair down on my own as well. It is so dangerous and the lift gets really slippery in the rain.

‘The whole experience of having to drag myself along is completely degrading and the stress of it all is doing me no favours, not to mention what it is doing to my body. I’m putting my life at risk.’

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The 49-year-old who suffers from terminal cancer and osteoporosis of the spine (Picture: Mercury)

Steve moved into the property in August 2014 but claims plans to install a mobility lift were not confirmed until more than a year after he move in.

Affinity Sutton said they hired project management firm Amber Living which then in turn tendered purchasing and installing Steve’s lift to an organisation called Titan Lift Company (TLC).

But Steve and Amber Living  say they have been unable to reach TLC so the repair job was instead given to lift manufacturer Pollock Lifts, who claim the lift was not properly installed.

An Affinity Sutton spokesman said: “We recognise and apologise for the inconvenience Mr Duwell has been experiencing which is clearly not acceptable.

‘We were made aware of the issue with the lift last week and have since been working closely with Amber Living, which in turn has been liaising with the company responsible for installing the lift, as well as the manufacturer, and the issue is now resolved.

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The lift was first installed in April but has had problems ever since (Picture: Mercury)

‘We organise accessibility works to our properties on the recommendation of the local authority’s occupational therapist.

‘In Mr Duwell’s case, the occupational therapist did originally design a ramp to access the property however Mr Duwell then obtained a mobility scooter, for which a ramp was unsuitable.

‘The occupational therapist then recommended a lift be installed.’

Saunders Graham, managing director of Pollock Lifts, said the issues Steve has experienced were down to how the lift had been fitted.

Saunders said: ‘I would like to emphasise that whatever issues there were with the lift were entirely down to installation and have now been rectified.’

TLC were unavailable for comment.