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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust fined £200,000 for trolley safety failures

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust fined £200,000 for safety failings

Health and Safety Executive v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (2016) Reading Crown Court, May 27

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings in its management of the use and maintenance of Anetic Aid QA3 trolleys.

Significant points of the case

  • An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) followed an incident that happened in March 2011 when a 90-year old patient suffered a broken neck and a cut to their head as a result of a fall from a QA3 trolley and he died 26 days later.

  • The HSE did not conclude that in this case Mr Fyfe’s incident was caused by the hospital’s failings. The investigation found that there was a lack of maintenance to the QA3 trolley and a lack of training in an essential aspect of its use.

  • If the organisation had had a comprehensive system for servicing and maintenance of QA3 trolleys, then it would have picked up the issues surrounding maintenance. For the effective maintenance of equipment and the use of that equipment, suitable training needs to be implemented appropriately.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was fined £200,000 plus £76,000 costs for a breach of section 3, HSWAct 1974.

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