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£60k fine after care home resident dies in stairway fall

A family-run care home has been sentenced after a resident fell down a set of stairs and later died as a result.

A resident at Kinning Park Care Home went missing, Glasgow Sheriff Court was told. After an extensive search of the premises, staff located the resident at the bottom of a set of stairs in the home’s boiler room. The resident had sustained a head injury in the fall and died as a result of the injuries.

The HSE’s investigation found that the boiler room door had a lock, allowing staff access with a key, but that there was an intermittent fault with the closure mechanism, meaning it did not always close automatically.

Kinning Park Care Home (Scotland) Limited of Main Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 which requires employers to ensure that work equipment is constructed or adapted to be suitable for the purpose for which it is provided.

The Care Home has been fined £60,000.