BUPA fined over hoist accident

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

BUPA Care Homes has been fined more than £100,000 after a 95-year-old woman injured hereself and later died following a fall from a hoist at Abbotsleigh Mews care home in Sidcup, Kent. The company was convicted of breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act during a hearing before Southwark Crown Court. The court heard that Charlotte Wood from Nottingham, a resident at Abbotsleigh Mews, slipped from a “Sarita” hoist as she was being lifted from her bath and broke a shoulder. While waiting for surgery she contracted pneumonia and died. Evidence was given that the care assistant attending Mrs Wood was new to the job, had not received proper training and had not used a “Sarita” hoist before. Additionally, care assistants at the home had not been instructed in correct risk assessments and procedures for manual handling and safe bathing. The supervision of staff carrying out lifting operations was also found to be inadequate. In mitigation it was said that the manager of the care home resigned from her

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