Co. & Care Home owner admit criminal liability after care home resident dies.

Company and care home owner admit criminal liability after care home resident dies following lift fall.

A lift maintenance company has been sentenced and a care home owner cautioned after a resident and care worker plunged four metres to the basement in a faulty lift at a residential care home.

Damage to the lift had been reported only a week before the incident, which resulted in the death of 85-year-old Kenneth Bardsley. The care worker sustained minor injuries to her mouth, face and left eye……………….

…..The company was fined £14,400 and ordered to pay £45,000 in costs.

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HSE enforcement action prompts warning- lack of “Face Fit” testing.

HSE enforcement action prompts warning to health and care providers on COVID-19 respiratory protective equipment.

HSE has announced that it has taken enforcement action against an NHS Trust in relation to a lack of “Face Fit” testing for respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the early days of the pandemic.
Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was providing RPE to its staff for certain procedures, but HSE’s investigation found that not all persons had received adequate Face Fit testing to ensure that the RPE was sealed to the wearer’s face.

The investigation was conducted after the tragic death of FGH radiographer Simon Guest from the virus in April 2020.  Read

care home provider fined £495,170 failing to provide safe care

Cheltenham care home provider ordered to pay £495,170 after failing to provide safe care & treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £495,170 after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.
Lifeways Community Care Limited, which operated Alstone House Cheltenham,
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge &  £35,000 costs to the CQC which brought this prosecution.
Alstone House was a residential care home that  supported adults who had physical disabilities,
learning disabilities and some who had acquired brain injuries. Read

HSE launches Working Minds campaign

HSE launches Working Minds campaign to encourage employers to promote good mental health in work.
Work-related stress and poor mental health risk becoming
a health and safety crisis for Great Britain’s workplaces, the regulator has warned.

While the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to be fully understood, mental health issues are the number one reason given for sick days in the UK.
Last year more than 17 million working days were lost as a result of stress, anxiety, or depression.
A recent survey by the ……. Read more

 

Care provider fined for failing to manage risk of service user.

The Action Group, who provides support to children & adults, has been fined £20,000 after HSE investigated how risks to staff were assessed, in the wake of an attack on an employee by one of its service users.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that a female employee of the Action Group was abducted, assaulted, sexually assaulted and raped in 2018 while visiting the home of a male service user to provide support and care.

The group was fined £20,000. Read More

 

Nottinghamshire care provider fined after woman was raped.

A care provider has been fined £363,000 after it failed to protect people it cared for from sexual assault.

The care company, which cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to failing to protect a woman who was resident at a care home it runs in Nottinghamshire from abuse & improper treatment.
This resulted in her being sexually assaulted.

It also pleaded guilty to exposing the home’s other residents to significant risk of avoidable harm by failing to safeguard them from the risk of abuse.

The company was also ordered to pay £12,441.28 costs to the CQC, which
prosecuted these criminal offences.

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Care Home provider ordered to pay £33,661 after failing to provide safe care and treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £33,661.60 at
Plymouth Magistrates’ Court, after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.

Teignbridge House Care Home Ltd which runs

Teignbridge House  Devon, was fined £21,000 in court in July
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge & costs of £12,491.60.
The prosecution concerns unrestricted window
 in a  first-floor bedroom at the home. The resident subsequently fell
landing on the concrete below & sustaining a number of life changing injuries.
Following this incident, the provider undertook an audit of
windows in the home. A further 17 windows were identified as lacking window restrictors, exposing other service users a number of whom suffered from dementia,
to a significant risk of avoidable harm. More here