1st Apr 2016
Living wage will put care homes on critical list
A new article in the Sunday Times says pay is set to soar by £1bn a year and many homes may have to close
31st Mar 2016
Howden awarded Corporate Chartered status
Howden is proud to announce that its UK business has been awarded Corporate Chartered status by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
31st Mar 2016
Press Release 30/03/2016
National Care Association have been deeply disappointed, although not surprised by the Care Quality Commissions’ announcement on fees
24th Mar 2016
National Care Association Press Release 24/03/2016
National Care Association welcome the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation published today
22nd Mar 2016
National Minimum Wage: Low Pay Commission remit 2016 (autumn)
Once again the Low Pay Commission is embarking on series of visits to areas across the UK to gather evidence on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and low pay. They would like your assistance in helping to identify specific employers and workers that our Commissioners can meet with as part of this process.
4th July 2018
Care Home fined after worker fell down a lift shaft
Date: 25 June 2018
A care home was sentenced after an employee suffered significant injuries after falling around 1.5 metres down a lift shaft.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard how on 25 September 2016 the employee was using the platform lift to transport the residents’ breakfasts from the kitchen to the dining room on a different floor. An interlock system which meant that the lift door could only be opened when the platform was at the right floor was broken. The employee fell down the shaft because the platform was at a lower level.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the door locking mechanism had been broken for about a month prior to this incident and management failed to deal with the known issue of employees overriding the door safety locking mechanism with a screwdriver. The lift had also not been thoroughly examined.
The care home in Leicester pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 9(3)(a)(i) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and has been fined £14,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2535.90
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Michelle Morrison said “This incident could so easily have been avoided, had the management at the care home ensured that employees were not manually over-riding safety features on this platform lift. Safety features on all work equipment are designed to keep people safe and prevent accidents, such as this one. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”