Provider fined over fatal fall

Posted on August 7th, by editor in CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, September 2012

A care provider has been fined £110,000 following the death of an elderly resident who fell down a staircase in his wheelchair.

Your Health of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, which runs the Redmount nursing home in Buckfastleigh, Devon, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act during a hearing before Plymouth Crown Court in July.

The court heard that in Nov 2010 resident Patrick Foale, 75, suffered from diabetes and deteriorating eyesight. As a result of the fall he suffered serious face and head injuries and died the next day in hospital.

The HSE then began an investigation and it was discovered that he had been able to access the stairwell after a fire door had been left open.

Further investigation showed that the company had failed in its duty to provide a safe environment for Mr Foale.

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