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Care Home Fined after Resident Falls From Window

May 7, 2014
Health and Safety

A Manchester care home has been fined after a vulnerable resident was seriously injured when he fell from his bedroom window.

The 63-year-old man, who suffers from dementia, was resident at the privately-run Nada Residential and Nursing Home. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that in December 2012 the man was found on the ground under his bedroom window with fractures to his leg, knee and back.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the home had failed to properly assess the risks associated with falling from windows at the premises. HSE Inspector Lorna Sherlock said: “The care home looks after people with dementia or mental health conditions and so many of its residents are particularly vulnerable. The 63-year-old man was badly injured in the fall but it could easily have been much worse. It simply should not have been possible for him to be able to push open his bedroom window to a point where there was a risk of him falling out.”

Magistrates fined the home £8,000 and ordered payment of the prosecution costs of £593 after they pleaded guilty to breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Restrictors stopping windows opening more than a few centimetres have now been fitted at the premises.