Fresh air proved costly


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

The owners of a South West care home have been fined a total of £10,500 for failing to comply with an enforcement notice to install safety catches on windows. Care Homes (South West) was convicted of failing to comply with the enforcement order at its Furzehatt Court Nursing Home in Plymouth, in an appearance before Plymouth magistrates. The company had denied the charge. Notice served in January last year had to be complied with by early May but when a Health and Safety Executive inspector visited the premises in late May the catches still had not been installed. In his defence Care Homes (South West) director Jeremy Woodcock said there had been a delay in installation because it had been found necessary to have the catches specially made by a metal fabricator. He said that the catches had finally been installed in July. “I would never dream of placing any of my clients, staff or visitors in danger and at no time have we ever had a problem associated with our windows.” Mr Woodcock said. “Most homes in Plymo





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