21 September 2007
Care firm fined after man drowns
A care firm in Dundee has been fined after a 49-year-old resident drowned, the Daily Record reports.
Robert Burns, who was severely disabled, died at Camperdown Care Home after his carer put him in a bath and then left to get towels.
A trial at Dundee Sheriff Court was told that the carer, Stuart Lindsay, got talking to another resident for ten to 15 minutes and returned to find a colleague attempting to resuscitate Mr Burns.
During the hearing, Duncare admitted to breaching health and safety regulations and was ordered to pay £45,000.
Afterwards, a spokesperson commented: "It is a very small amount to put on someone's life."
The manager of Camperdown Care Home and Mr Lindsay have since left the home.
Two firms were recently fined a combined total of over £200,000 after an incident in which a nine-year-old girl drowned in a water tank.