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Paying Care Home Workers in the UK the Living Wage
A new publication from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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Adult Social Care Investing in Graduates
The Department of Health continues to support our programme as a key investment in the growing sector.
26th Aug 2015
Getting the Sums Right
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25th Aug 2015
Empowering and Engaging Communities
Everyone agrees that building community capacity is vital to achieving sustainable health and wellbeing.
10th Sep 2015
100 days and counting…
As the Tory government passes the milestone of its first 100 days in office The National Care Association ask the question; “how high on the Government’s agenda is the crisis in social care funding in view of the Chancellor’s Budget in July, a Budget which imposed further costs of circa £1bn plus on the already fragile market?”
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.”