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Residential care home fined after resident choked to death

Winchester Crown Court heard how Mrs Margaret Humphreys’ family had arranged for her to stay at Marlborough House for respite care. They had left clear instructions with the home verbally and in the form of a laminated card which clearly explained how her food needed to be cut into small pieces to avoid the risk of choking.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, found that Mrs Humphreys had been served uncut meatballs. The home failed to carry out a proper pre-admission assessment of Mrs Humphreys, which would have identified the risk of choking on uncut food.

Craysell Limited, of Hoppingwood Farm, Robin Hood Way, London, pleaded guilty to failing to discharge the duty imposed upon them by Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £19,631

Added: 08-11-2016

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