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Doncaster council taken to court after home accident

9th September 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Doncaster Borough Council has been taken to court after an elderly woman was injured in a care home.

The 82-year-old, who suffers from dementia, sustained cuts and bruises when she dropped almost two metres into an unguarded open sewage drain at Oldfield House care home.

Doncaster Borough Council was charged with a breach of safety legislation after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE inspector Tim Johnson said: “This is a residential care home that will be, by its very nature, occupied by vulnerable and possibly easily-confused elderly people. It is, therefore, particularly important that proper planning and the greatest vigilance are duly accorded.”

The organisation told Doncaster Magistrates Court how the council failed to put simple measures in place to protect residents and staff while the work was ongoing.

HSE highlighted that temporary barriers could have been placed along the hole, while someone should also be asked to keep watch on the open gate.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801635120-ADNFCR


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