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Care Home to Pay Fines and Costs of £110k after Elderly Resident Hoist Fatality

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety
BG Orange

Chilton Care Homes Limited has been fined £60k and £50k court costs following the death of an 89-year old resident at its home in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how, on 14 November 2013, the elderly resident was being moved by two care workers with the aid of a hoist from her bed to a chair when she slipped through the sling and fell to the floor. She suffered a break to her right femur and fractured ribs but due to poor health could only be treated with palliative care until she died a week later.

There was no manual handling policy setting out the arrangements for moving residents safely. Individual moving and handling risk assessments, and lifting plans, were inadequate because they failed to provide specific information about the equipment to be used. This resulted in some residents being hoisted with the wrong type or size of sling. Nurses and care workers had not received suitable training and several slings were found to be unsafe to use. They had not been inspected prior to use and had not been thoroughly examined in the previous six months. HSE also found disposable slings were being washed and then reused.

Chilton Care Homes Limited of Newton Road, Sudbury, Suffolk pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. 

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