Healthcare company sentenced after patient fatally injured

A healthcare company has been fined after a vulnerable patient suffered fatal injuries during a minibus journey.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how, on 16 March 2014, a vulnerable patient was fatally injured when returning from an out of hours GP appointment at Nottingham Emergency Medical Centre in a minibus. Samantha Barton died after opening a door and leaping from a minibus which was traveling at speed on the A52, just outside of Nottingham…….

…..been fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £67,500.

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Care Company fined after worker fell down a lift shaft

A care home was sentenced after an employee suffered significant injuries after falling around 1.5 metres down a lift shaft.

An investigation by the HSE found that the door locking mechanism had been broken for about a month prior to this incident and management failed to deal with the known issue of employees overriding the door safety locking mechanism with a screwdriver. The lift had also not been thoroughly examined.

Sutton in the Elms Care Limited of Sutton Lane, Leicester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 9(3)(a)(i) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and has been fined £14,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2535.90

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BUPA fined £3m after death of elderly resident

A care provider has been fined following the death of a resident at an Essex nursing home after he contracted Legionnaires’ disease.

The resident 86, died three months after moving into Hutton Village Nursing Home, which is operated by BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd.

The investigation found that for more than a year, during which time major refurbishment works were carried out, BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd failed to implement the necessary control and monitoring measures required to safely manage their hot and cold water system. It also found those responsible for overseeing legionella controls and for taking crucial water temperature measurements had not been trained to the required standard.

Fined £3m and ordered to pay costs of £151,482.

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NHS Trust fined after exposing patients to legionella risk

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £300,000 after failing to control the risk to patients from exposure to legionella bacteria in its water systems.

This follows an investigation of a death in the hospital Bristol Crown Court heard how, in July 2015, Mr Terence Brooks, a 68-year-old patient at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, died from legionnaires’ disease. The HSE found that the  Trust had failed to put in place all of the necessary precautions to minimise the risk to patients in the annex to the William Budd ward from exposure to legionella.

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,451.78.

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Southern Health NHS Trust fined – deaths of two patients

Southern Health NHS Trust has been fined £2m after a series of management failings led to the deaths of two vulnerable patients at different facilities owned by the Trust.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution follows the deaths of 45-year-old Teresa Colvin at a Southampton Mental Health Hospital and the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at a specialist unit in Oxford. Both centres were under the management of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

For the breach relating to Teresa Colvin, the sentence was a £950,000 fine.
For the breach relating to Connor Sparrowhawk’s death, the sentence was a fine of £1,050.000

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Home & manager fined – window fall death.

Felixstowe nursing home and manager fined following man’s window fall death.

Highcliffe House a Felixstowe nursing home and its manager have been prosecuted  for failing to properly care for a man who fell to his death from a second floor
window .which had no window restrictors
The company and its manager, had admitted health and social care breaches before their sentencing.

The firm was fined £16,500, while the Manager was fined £1,000.
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Care home firm – cellar death near Oswestry

An 83yr old resident, suffered a fatal head injury when he fell down the brick-built flight of stairs at  The Court nursing and residential home in West Felton.

Akari Care, which ran the care home, denied two allegations of breaching health and safety regulations.

The court heard a keypad was used to access the cellar and the door was fitted with a self-closing mechanism, but investigations found it did not always shut properly.

The company was fined  £120,000 and ordered the firm to pay £41,997.48 costs.