A care home operator has been fined after Health & Safety breaches came to light following a resident’s fall from a stairlift.
An investigation by Lancaster City Council found staff had failed to strap the elderly resident in properly. The 85-year old had:
- not been strapped into the stairlift at the time of the incident
- been left unattended without a lap belt in place
Investigators found ‘a high level of complacency’ towards Health & Safety law.
The council said residents were put at risk by ‘widespread failings’ including:
- poor management
- lack of safe systems of work
- inadequate staffing
- poor training
- poor Health & Safety culture
- cost cutting
The Care Quality Commission had raised concerns about resident’s care and welfare after an unannounced inspection – it rated the home ‘inadequate’.
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Calderdean Ltd accepted it failed to discharge a general Health & Safety duty to non-employees.
It pleaded guilty to breaking the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was ordered to pay:
- fine of £142,500
- costs of £26,297
The council said the ‘conviction and financial penalty should act as a timely reminder and warning to all businesses of the need to take their responsibilities seriously’.
The Gazette, the UK’s official public record, reports Calderdean Ltd is now in liquidation.