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June 28, 2011

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Bupa given big fine for care home fatality

A Bupa care home has been fined £100,000 after an immobile elderly resident died after falling out of a hoist while being lifted out of her bed.
 
Irene Evans, 91, was a resident at the Parklands Court Nursing Home in Bloxwich, Walsall when the incident took place on 31 January 2007. She suffered dementia and was unable to move without assistance. On the day of the incident two carers were trying to move her from her bed to a chair.
 
Three weeks earlier the care home had purchased a new hoist to lift Mrs Evans as the previous hoist was uncomfortable and left her with sores. The device places a sling underneath the patient, which is attached by means of a series of hooks, loops and clips to the mechanically-operated hoist.€

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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