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Care home fined £60,000 over pensioner’s death

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The operators of Kinning Park Care Homes in Glasgow have been fined £60,000 after a resident suffered fatal injuries from a fall down a flight of stairs.

Margaret Young, 83, who was living with Alzheimer’s, died in hospital after the tragic accident at Kinning Park Care Home on September 28, 2015.

The care home’s operators admitted a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act and apologised unreservedly after a door leading to a flight of stairs was found to have failed to lock properly.

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Sheriff Alan MacKenzie said the door’s fault had had “tragic consequences”, the BBC reported.

“In an environment where Margaret Young, at her age and with her particular vulnerabilities, ought to have been safe, it is evident that she experienced a horrific accident which ultimately led to her death,” he added.

A statement on behalf of the family by law firm Digby Brown said: “Families like ours reluctantly put our loved ones into care homes because we genuinely believe it’s the best and safest place for them where they will be cared for in a safe, caring and dignified environment.

“So for Margaret to die in the way she did makes it all the more agonising.”

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