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36 Hoist deaths in the UK

Deborah Harrison brought to the attention of the Moving and Handling Instructors LinkedIn group an article published published by the HSE regarding the number of hoist deaths from 2006-2015.

Below are some of the cases that have been reported this past ten years.

In 2015 a care home and its director have been ordered to pay nearly £337,000 in fines and costs after a 100 year-old resident died from injuries that occurred in 2010.

An NHS Trust was fined £107K after a patient died being transferred with a bath hoist.

In 2016 a transfer using a hoist and sling, the sling was determined to be too big resulting into the resident's death in a care home.

A recent case in 2017 that had resulted several years previously, highlighted a lack of proper training and safe systems of work had contributed to the death of a patient.

A case in 2013, the fall from the hoist and subsequent death, the equipment was intact, fault free, it was assumed the sling had not been attached correctly. Resulted in the Sunderland care facility, reviewing its policies, procedures and training.

2007 a care home group was fined £100,000 after a fall from a hoist and death was found to be avoidable.

December 2008 saw an NHS trust fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,500 by the Heath & Safety Executive (HSE) when a ninety year old patient fell from a sling a died at the scene.

Two nursing home owners have been ordered to pay a total of £140,000 after a pensioner died following a fall from a hoist.

July 2008 The elderly lady fell while being moved from her bed to a chair at a Nursing Home, in Leicester. The defective 15-year-old hoist was in such a poor condition it could not be used safely and that it had not been properly inspected regularly. This wouldn’t have cost vast amounts of money to do what is fairly basic maintenance and provision of appropriate slings.

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4431321/4431321-6308033441636188162