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Care home fined nearly half a million pounds following elderly resident fall

A care home company has been fined after an elderly resident died after falling from her first floor window.

A care home company has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident died after falling from her first floor window.

Guildford Crown Court heard that the 87-year-old lady was staying at the Coppice Lea Nursing home in Surrey, owned and managed by Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited. In the early morning of 3 October 2013, she fell about four metres through her window.

The resident was reported missing at 1am and found two hours later.

A HSE investigation found that the window restrictor in place was easily overridden and therefore not fit for purpose.

Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited of Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was ordered to pay £450,000 and costs of £14,762.44.

More information on this case can be found at hse.gov.uk.