Cambridgeshire fined after fall

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

Cambridgeshire County Council has been fined a total of £51,000 after an elderly woman died after falling from the window of a council-owned care home. Social services admitted breaching Health and Safety rules before Peterborough Crown Court. The court heard that the Health and Safety Executive had warned in 1996 that restrictors ought to be placed on windows, to stop them fully opening. Ivy Gardener, 93, who suffered from depression and dementia, died after falling from an unsecured first floor window at the Queen’s Court home in Bottisham. In mitigation it was said that the failure was not a deliberate omission and that the previous health and safety record of the council had been good. The council was fined £35,000 with £16,000 costs.

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