Care Home in court for Health & Safety breaches

December 9, 2013

09 Dec 2013

A failed care home will be discussed in court.

Meppershall Care Home will be discussed in two cases at Bedford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday afternoon (December 11).

The Care Quality Commission took urgent action to close the nursing home in July this year to protect the residents’ welfare and safety.

Health and safety at the care home first came into question after resident Mrs May Ward died in August 2010.

The company that ran the home, GA Projects Limited of Crompton Road in Stevenage, will go before the magistrates on Wednesday. The informant is listed as the Health and Safety Executive.

The first charge is that on or before August 27 2010 GA Projects failed to care for the residents at the Shefford Road home in such a way as to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that people including May Ward were not exposed to the risk of falling or being dropped during or after a transfer using a hoist.

An inquest in January this year heard staff had put Mrs Ward into a sling without attaching the correct straps to her legs.

Miss Wei and Miss Ivanova had not been trained to use the sling.

The second charge is that the company failed in its duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees in relation to transferring residents using a hoist, thereby exposing them to risk of injury including back injuries.

Additionally Mr Mohammed Haniffa Zarook, 71, will go before the court. Mr Zarook, of Sauncey Wood in Harpenden is charged with being a director of G A Projects at the care home on or before August 27 2010, when the above offences allegedly occurred.

Article about full list of inspection concerns.

Article about woman who died after hoist fall


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Gerard O'Dea is the Director of Training for Dynamis. Training Advisor, Speaker, Author and Expert Witness on Personal Safety, Conflict Management and Physical Interventions, he is the European Advisor for Vistelar Conflict Management, a global programme focussing on the spectrum of human conflict.

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