Company fined over faulty hoist

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

A hoist company has been fined £40,000 after a hoist broke, allowing a nursing home patient to fall to the floor. Tally Group of Romsey, Hampshire, admitted failing to ensure safety of customers before Gloucester Crown Court. The court heard that Patrick Waller, 77, resident at the Coombes nursing home, Coleford, operated by Coverage Care (Gloucestershire) had fallen to the floor when the hoist broke. He died of heart failure shortly after. Evidence was given to the court that Tally had been warned over faults with the hoist but had been slow in rectifying them. However, at the same time, the hoist¹s Danish manufacturer, Intercare, had also been slow in passing on information to Tally over the weaknesses of the hoist. Prosecutor Toby Halliwell said that engineers at the nursing home had checked the hoist six weeks before but were unaware of the hoist¹s design fault and had passed it as fit for service. The engineers could not have been expected to pick up this fault. “I don’t think the company¹s reasons f

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