BUPA ordered to pay record £1.04m for fire safety failings after death of care home resident.

BUPA ordered to pay record £1.04m for fire safety failings after death of care home resident.

A care home business run by private health and care provider BUPA has been ordered to pay a record £1.04m after a resident died in a fire while smoking at one of its care homes.
BUPA Care Services (ANS) Ltd was fined £937,500 for fire safety failings and ordered to pay £104,000 prosecution costs at Southwark Crown Court.
It is the highest ever fine for fire safety breaches in the UK.
London Fire Brigade brought the prosecution against BUPA under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order after it was called to the blaze at the Manley Court care home on John Williams Close in Brockley in March 2016.


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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Man sentenced for killing a 93-year-old at a residential care home in Catford.

Man sentenced for care home killing in Catford

A man has been sentenced for killing a 93-year-old grandmother at a residential care home in Catford.

Alexander Rawson, 63 (16.09.58), was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday, 20 December to an indefinite hospital order.
Last month, a jury at the same court found that Rawson had attacked and killed Eileen Dean less than two weeks after he moved into the home in which she was living.
Police were called at around 00:40hrs on Monday, 4 January after Eileen was found in her bedroom with severe facial and head injuries.
Despite being taken to hospital, she died later the same day. Read

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

Employee seriously burned. Empty & clean the commercial oil fryer in the kitchen.

We recognise that the item below was in a Hotel, but the messages are just as related to social care — it makes you shudder when you read it that this can still happen.

Holiday Inn Express, Dunstable fined for health and safety breach.
A serious health and safety breach at the Holiday Inn Express in Dunstable has seen the responsible parties have to pay fines and costs totalling £16,830.
Employee was instructed by a manager to empty & clean the commercial oil fryer in the kitchen.
He picked up the filled container & was immediately burned from oil melting through the thin plastic container that had been
provided for the job.
The individual dropped the container onto the floor, slipped and fell into the hot oil, receiving second & third degree burns to the arms, legs & torso, covering approximately 10% of the body.
As a result, the employee is physically scarred & has not worked since, subsequently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, in the same year, the individual was working whilst an armed robbery took place at the hotel.



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

Care home owners fined £1m over death of resident scalded in bath.

The owners of the home, Aster Healthcare Ltd, were charged with corporate manslaughter following an investigation by  police & HSE staff after a resident died after suffering burns at Birdsgrove nursing home in Bracknell in 2015,
The Guardian reported.

They admitted the charge when they appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The sentencing concluded with the huge fine of £1.04m against the company & suspended prison sentences for the manager of the home & one of the staff who         supervised the bath time.
Aster Healthcare Ltd, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey was  fined £1.04 million to be paid over three years.  Read More