• Robert Spicer

Care home death: company fined £60,000

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service v Kinning Park Care Home (Scotland) Ltd (2019) Glasgow Sheriff Court, February 14

Statutory reference: regulation 4 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

A Scottish care home has been fined following the death of a resident.

The facts

  • In September 2015 staff members at the Kinning Park Care Home were unable to find a resident.

  • The resident was found with a head injury at the bottom of a set of stairs in the home’s boiler room. The resident later died.

  • The boiler room door had a lock which was opened by key to allow staff access to the boiler room. There was a fault with the door closure mechanism and it did not always close automatically.

The decision

The care home company was fined £60,000 under regulation 4 of PUWER for failing to ensure that work equipment was constructed or adapted to be suitable for the purpose for which it is provided.

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