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Sidcup care home company's safety failures led to elderly woman's death
A SIDCUP care home company has been fined £165,000 after a 93-year-old woman died at one of its west Yorkshire care homes.
Elsie Beals suffocated after becoming trapped in the gap between her mattress and incorrectly-fitted bed safety rails at Aden Court Care Home in Huddersfield on April 24, 2010.
New Century Care Limited, of Maidstone Road, Sidcup - a private company with 27 care homes across the UK - was prosecuted for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Leeds Crown Court was told on September 10 the company, which has 1,700 employees, failed to train staff at Aden Court to fit bed safety rails.
Staff were also not trained to carry out regular ‘in-use’ checks to make sure bed rails remained properly adjusted, or to carry out risk assessments for their use.
New Century Care Ltd was fined £165,000 and ordered to pay £18,000 in costs after pleading guilty at a previous hearing.
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