A care home has been fined £8,000 after a vulnerable resident suffered severe injuries in a fall from a first floor window.
Nada Residential and Nursing Home in Manchester pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The privately-run home was also ordered to pay costs of £597 following prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The 63-year-old man, who suffers from dementia, fractured his leg, knee and back in the incident at the premises on Cheetham Hill Road on 1 December 2012.
He told members of staff, who found him on the ground underneath his bedroom window, that he had wanted to get some fresh air.
HSE inspectors found Nada Residential and Nursing Home had failed to properly assess the risk of residents falling from windows, while it also failed to take suitable action to stop this from happening.
No restrictors were fitted to the widows to prevent them from opening more than a few centimetres.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told how the risk of patients falling from open windows was well known in the care home sector, hence the need for restrictors to be fitted to stop them opening more than 10 centimetres.
People with dementia or other mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable and need special care and attention.
When a care home provider fails in its duty of care towards residents, a claim for medical negligence can often be made.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to assist with such claims, making the process simpler and easier to understand. Its claims calculator will estimate the amount of compensation that you could receive, although claim amounts can never be guaranteed.
Date Published: May 8, 2014
Author: David Brown