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Care home fined company £100,000 for death of resident from burns

Tim Green of Outer Temple Chambers was recently instructed by the HSE to prosecute Western Park Leicester Limited for a breach of s3 HSWA arising from the death of an elderly resident. Around 7.30 am on Monday 8 May 2012 Walter Powley fell in his room and was trapped against exposed hot water valves and pipes at 70 degrees Celsius. He sustained burns to his knees and legs which were a significant cause of his death 8 days later.

Recorder Evans found the guidance available testifying to the danger posed from hot pipes to frail and elderly people was well known. Despite the company’s early guilty plea, the Judge fined the defendant £100,000 and ordered it to pay £35,000 costs. The case attracted widespread media coverage.

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News 6 Feb, 2015

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