A healthcare authority has been sentenced after an 82 year old man fell 12 feet to his death from an elevated walkway outside a health centre.

 In Premier Risk News

A healthcare authority has been sentenced after an 82 year old man fell 12 feet to his death from an elevated walkway outside a health centre. It was heard in court how the man died after the mobility scooter he was driving collided with a wooden weather screen which was situated around the main entrance and access bridge to the health centre. The collision caused a section to give way and the man and his mobility scooter fell  through the gap onto a walkway below. A HSE investigation found that the barrier had not been constructed to the required standard to resist impact, no assessment had been made on the suitability of the screen, the structure had not been maintained and the collapsed section was so badly decayed that portions of the wood could be easily removed by hand. The authority pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,000.

Total costs = £40,000 + £15,000 = £55,000

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