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Unsafe Window Causes Fatality and £200k fine

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety
BG Orange

A Welsh care home has been sentenced following the death of a 92-year-old resident, who managed to overcome a restrictor device to open a window and fall from her first floor room on 5 November 2010.

An investigation by HSE found that all the windows in Brocastle were fitted with the same type of window restrictors, which were unsuitable for use in a care home because they could be easily over-ridden, so that the window could open wide.

Hafod Care Association Ltd, of Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to one charge under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £96,000 and ordered to pay £100,000 in costs.

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