Elderly, injured or sick people often cannot move around as they would like. In these situations it is important to make sure they are moved in some other way, and that the method chosen is safe for use. In this situation a hoist can be used to move someone from a bed to a chair for example. The people using the hoist should be properly trained in how to use it so they do not pose any danger to the person being moved. A fall from a hoist can result in serious injuries and even death in some people, especially since they may well be frail to begin with.
If an incident such as a fall from a hoist does occur, it is treated seriously and the Health and Safety Executive would normally conduct an investigation to see what occurred and whether it could have been prevented. One recent case resulted in a hefty fine for a company and its director when an elderly lady died after falling from a hoist that was not being used properly.
How can a hoist be used properly?
Firstly it is important to ensure the method for using the hoist is known to those who are about to use it. They do not all work the same way and some are more complicated than others. As such it is not enough to simply assume someone knows how to work a particular hoist. Proper training should therefore, be provided to all those who may have to use it in their workplace. Care homes, hospitals and other similar venues should all provide extensive and appropriate training in this respect.
This will ensure that whenever the hoist is used it will be easy for someone to move someone safely, efficiently and effectively. When this does not occur it could mean there has been negligence in terms of training. Accident Advice Helpline knows of cases where this has been proven to be the case.
Hoists are safe to use
It is important to note the vast majority of hoists are perfectly safe for use. The majority of staff working in care homes and hospitals are fully-trained to provide an excellent service and to be able to work various pieces of equipment such as this.
If you or a relative has been hurt in a hoist fall, make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown