Care facility fined after ignoring health and safety advice
A care home in Leicester has recently closed down, following a number of health and safety inspections with which its owner failed to comply.
Onkar Care Home was ordered to pay more than £17,000, as was the director of the care home, Harjap Singh Riyat, 69, for a breach in health and safety regulations.
In November 2014, Leicester City Council health and safety officers visited the premises of the care home, finding that there were a number of issues that could have threatened the safety of employees and residents. The inspectors issued a notice requiring the care home to conduct risk assessments for all the staff and residents at the home. Included in the assessments were requirements to inspect the hoists and all equipment, restrict the use of windows on all floors other than the ground, store waste bags correctly and put measures in place to prevent the threat of legionella in its water supply.
In January 2015, a further inspection by health and safety officers found that the care home had only complied with the inspection of the hoist, and all other requirements had been overlooked. The prosecution for Leicester City Council stated that other issues had arisen, including a leaking roof on the porch, no safety guard on a halogen heater and the collapse of a ceiling in the room of one of the residents.
All employers have a duty of care to their workforce, which includes a safe working environment and the use of specialist workwear where necessary.