Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court was told that a resident at Crosfield House Limited had to receive treatment for injuries after her leg was repeatedly trapped between her mattress and the bed rail. Crosfield House pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and were fined £25,000 with costs of £11,747.
The HSE’s investigation found a lack of training and guidance on how to complete a bed rail assessment. Staff at the home had received no training on the safe use of bed rails and were unaware of the risks from bed rail entrapment. Despite the resident’s leg becoming repeatedly trapped, no review of the use of bed rails was carried out.
Speaking after the case, an HSE spokesperson said: ‘Employees involved in the provision and use of bed rails need to be aware of the key risks and know what to do if they suspect someone may be at risk of entrapment. In this case none of the employees recognised the risks and despite repeated entrapments, nothing was done to prevent recurrence.’
‘The incident could so easily have been avoided by simply conducting a detailed bed rail risk assessment’.