13 September 2012
Family could seek damages after care home resident's death
Compensation may be sought by the family of an elderly woman who passed away due to the negligence of her care home.
Elsie Beals died at the age of 93 in April 2010 when she was asphyxiated after getting trapped in the gap between her mattress and bed safety rails at Huddersfield's Aden Court Care Home.
An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that these rails had been fitted incorrectly, while staff at the home were also found to be inadequately trained to carry out proper risk assessments on the positioning of these pieces of equipment.
During a subsequent case heard at Leeds Crown Court, the owner of the home New Century Care admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £160,000 for its negligence.
Jacqueline Ferguson, inspector at the HSE, commented: "This was a terrible tragedy that could have been so easily avoided."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson