July 2016 Newsletter – BUPA Care Home Failures

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Bedrail Faliures lead to £400,000 fines for BUPA Care Homes

An earlier guilty plea in Carlisle Magistrates’ Court lead the District Judge to refer the case to Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing.  BUPA Care Homes (CFC Homes) Ltd has been fined over the inappropriate management of bedrails at one of its care homes.

British Telecommunications PLC fined £600,000

Two employees within British Telecommunications PLC were seriously injured in falls from height.  Teesside Crown Court heard how two British Telecommunications (BT) Open Reach engineers had been given a job at BT’s Darlington Automatic Telephone Exchange.  One of the engineers was installing a cable through a hole on the first floor along a ceiling level cable tray to the Main Distribution Frame (MDF) on the ground floor.

In order to carry out this work he was working on a stepladder in amongst the lighting system. He felt a pain in his right arm and fell from the step ladder. He was taken to hospital with head and back injuries.


Myth-busting by the HSE

Tumble turns banned from Council run swimming pool for health and safety reasons

Freestyle lane tumble turns banned from Council run swimming pool for health and safety reasons

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Family told by undertaker that shoes are not allowed on deceased’s body for funeral

Family arranging a funeral told by undertaker that the deceased would not be allowed to wear shoes as it was against health and safety regulations.
Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
Phil Jones

From the Team

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