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07 Jan 2021

Care home fatality and fine highlights need for window fitting safety

A care home has been fined £40,000 after a 94 year old fell from an inadequately secured window. The case followed a three year legal process during which the care home closed.

Pragma’s David Paveley advises care homes on health and safety precautions and comments:

“Simple, practical measures would have prevented this tragedy and its consequences.

My advice to care home managers is to ensure that windows cannot open by more than 100mm by fitting robust, tamperproof restrictors. A straightforward inspection system should then be put in place as part of your risk assessment and management process.”

David would be happy to discuss your window safety arrangements and can be contacted on 01302 499062 or

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