Care home bosses fined £60k over lift death


The former owners of a Kent care home have been fined £60,000 after a worker was crushed to death in a lift.

KCRH Limited admitted health and safety failings following the death of 64-year-old Joan Daws who was crushed by a weighing chair at The Laleham care home in Herne Bay in October 2013, the BBC reported.

In making his ruling, Judge James O’Mahony said: “If I were to impose a fine of millions it would not bring her back and I am profoundly sorry for the family.”

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Mrs Daws was trapped in the lift while moving a chair to weigh residents.

An inquest in 2015 found that her death could have been avoided if a sensor had been fitted in the lift.

The home, which is now run by Veecare Ltd, was rated ‘requires improvement’ on its last inspection by the CQQ in August 2016.

The court heard that KCRH chose not to install a safety sensor provided by a lift servicing company in April 2002, which could have prevented the tragedy.

The lift was installed in the home in 1972. Judge O’Mahony said its condition had been a long-standing and systemic failure of duty of care” towards the staff and any lift users on the part of KCRH.

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