Man fell to his death from care home window

A 98-year-old man died after falling from the first floor window of a Grantham care home, an inquest has heard.

Kenneth Snell fell from his bedroom window at Belvoir House on 19 November 2015 and died in hospital four days later, the Grantham Journal reported.

Assistant coroner Richard Marshall said: “The windows in the house were in a poor condition and although there were security chains in place these were inadequate in that they could easily be removed by occupants, as happened in this case.”

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Belvoir House, which is run by Barnby Gate Limited, was rated ‘requires improvement’ by the CQC on its last inspection in July 2016.

Zeenat Jagroo, of Barnby Gate Limited, said: “We are very sorry for what happened and we take full responsibility. We immediately resolved what we had to put in place.”

The CQC inspection report commented: “We noted that since our last comprehensive inspection on 3 July 2015 an accident had occurred in the service in which a person had fallen from a window.

“This had occurred because the window had not been fitted with a safety latch that met national guidelines.

“Immediately after the incident the registered persons fitted new safety latches to all windows located above the ground floor.

“We completed a focused inspection on 17 February 2016 to check that suitable steps had been taken to enable people to safely use these windows.

“We found that the windows in question had been appropriately secured and were safe to use. At this inspection we again checked three of the windows in question and found that the required latches were in place.

“We also noted that the registered manager had completed regular audits to ensure that the latches remained in good working order.”

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