A care provider has been prosecuted after a 60 year old man suffered severe scalding and later died after being lowered into a bath of hot water.
A care provider has been prosecuted after a 60 year old man suffered severe scalding and later died
after being lowered into a bath of hot water. The man suffered from both cerebral palsy and
epilepsy and had limited movement and was being assisted into a bath in his own home by a care
worker. When he was lowered into the bath he suffered a prolonged epileptic fit and as the care
worker tried to assist his feet and lower legs remained in the water causing extensive scalding. The
HSE found that the care workers working for the company did not receive training or instruction in
relation to bath and shower temperature and the company was not aware of guidance in relation to
safe bathing. It did not provide thermometers to staff and they did not carry out adequate risk
assessments in relation to the bathing of service users. The company pleaded guilty to breaching
section 3(1) Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £75,000.