Isle of Man Care Home fined £46k after woman dies in fire

Care home fined £46k after woman dies in fire

Care home, Elder Healthcare, which runs on the Isle of Man, has been fined £46,000 for health and safety breaches after a 95-year-old died in a fire in 2019.

The court heard Elder Healthcare was not to blame for the death of Olive Renecle, who died in a sheltered flat connected to the care home in Douglas on 17th November 2019. However, Deemster, Graeme Cook, said “shortcomings” were found in fire safety training and procedures.

Elder Healthcare has since said its fire safety training has been updated.

An electrical fault caused a blaze at Ms. Renecle’s home on Fuchsia Lane, which connected to Elder Grange care home.

Smoke and heat detectors were linked to the nurse call centre at the home which is required to give emergency assistance to the residence in sheltered accommodation on Fuchsia Lane and Fuchsia Court.

The hearing was told that a smoke detector had triggered the call system, but staff could not work out which flat the alarm related to due to problems with the documentation and contact lists.

Checks were made in the home, but not in the sheltered flats 100m (0.6miles) away – which included flat 32 – owned by Olive Renecle. The alarm was temporarily switched off and no one contacted the fire service.

A neighbour called 999 after noticing smoke coming from the flat, and firefighters did attend the scene. Olive was taken to hospital but later died.

Elder Healthcare was fined £46,000 and ordered to pay a further £4,000 in prosecution costs with Deemster Cook saying that the firm needed to be aware “this must never happen again”.

The company claims it has since updated its contact lists and training, and fire risk assessments have now been put in place.

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Reading care home provider ordered to pay – failing to provide safe care & treatment

A care provider has been ordered to pay £51,049.60 at Reading Magistrates’ Court, after it failed to protect a resident from avoidable harm.

Mulberry Care Limited, in Reading, Berkshire, was fined £40,000 in court on Thursday 17 February 2022. It was also ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge and £10,868.60 costs to the CQC which brought this prosecution.

Mulberry Care Limited is a residential care home providing personal care to people aged 65 and over, who may have dementia.

On 26 July 2019, maintenance work was carried out in the home. As part of this, a door was removed and left against a wall in a communal hallway.

Two months later, on 8 September, a resident who suffered from dementia & osteoporosis, and known to be at risk of falling, was found on the floor with the door on top of her. She died at the hospital on 19 September 2019.

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HC-One fined £640,000 after resident chokes to death on doughnut.

HC-One fined £640,000 after resident chokes to death on doughnut.

The  65-year-old resident at Orchard Care Home in
Clackmannanshire, Scotland choked on a doughnut & died.

The woman, who had been assessed as at risk of choking, was on a specialist diet and should have not been given the     doughnut, Falkirk Sheriff Court found.

The woman choked and died despite efforts by care home staff and paramedics to remove the food.

The Crown Office said she had repeatedly been   offered sandwiches from the snack trolley putting her health at risk.

HC-One pleaded guilty to failings under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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Nursing Home failing to Provide Safe Care & Treatment

Oldbury Grange Nursing Home Ltd failing to provide safe care and treatment.
The care provider has been ordered to pay a total of £81,308.42 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.

Oldbury Grange Nursing Home Ltd which operated Oldbury Grange Nursing Home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire was fined £66,000 in court 10 January.
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £15,138.42 costs to the CQC which brought this   prosecution.
Oldbury Grange closed in November 2021.

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Co. & Care Home owner admit criminal liability after care home resident dies.

Company and care home owner admit criminal liability after care home resident dies following lift fall.

A lift maintenance company has been sentenced and a care home owner cautioned after a resident and care worker plunged four metres to the basement in a faulty lift at a residential care home.

Damage to the lift had been reported only a week before the incident, which resulted in the death of 85-year-old Kenneth Bardsley. The care worker sustained minor injuries to her mouth, face and left eye……………….

…..The company was fined £14,400 and ordered to pay £45,000 in costs.

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HSE enforcement action prompts warning- lack of “Face Fit” testing.

HSE enforcement action prompts warning to health and care providers on COVID-19 respiratory protective equipment.

HSE has announced that it has taken enforcement action against an NHS Trust in relation to a lack of “Face Fit” testing for respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the early days of the pandemic.
Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was providing RPE to its staff for certain procedures, but HSE’s investigation found that not all persons had received adequate Face Fit testing to ensure that the RPE was sealed to the wearer’s face.

The investigation was conducted after the tragic death of FGH radiographer Simon Guest from the virus in April 2020.  Read

care home provider fined £495,170 failing to provide safe care

Cheltenham care home provider ordered to pay £495,170 after failing to provide safe care & treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £495,170 after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.
Lifeways Community Care Limited, which operated Alstone House Cheltenham,
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge &  £35,000 costs to the CQC which brought this prosecution.
Alstone House was a residential care home that  supported adults who had physical disabilities,
learning disabilities and some who had acquired brain injuries. Read