Carehome prosecuted over breaches in bedrail safety

Published: 14 Jun 2016

Beacon Edge Specialist Nursing Home in Penrith, Cumbria, a BUPA Care Home (CFC Homes) has been fined £400 000 after health and safety failings resulting in the death of a resident.

The case related to the management of bedrails in relation to a vulnerable resident who died at the home. The company failed to ensure the patient’s bedrail assessment was suitable and sufficient or that staff were sufficiently trained in bedrail risk assessment.

The court was told the company had a policy on bedrail management but it was not fully implemented as staff were not trained and assessments not conducted or reviewed when required.

This unfortunate fatality and resulting prosecution could have been avoided if suitable risk assessments, staff training and corrective action protocols were in place and effectively managed.