A care home near Oswestry has been fined £120,00 after a wheelchair bound inmate was found at the foot of a flight of cellar stairs in the home.
The pensioner, who had an amputated right leg, was found at the foot of the stairs and despite attempts to resuscitate died, he was found to have a fractured skull.
The Health and Safety Executive, who brought the prosecution, stated that the door to the cellar, despite having a keypad lock and being inspected regularly, did not always lock properly.
Akira Care, who run the care home, have now installed new handrail, door and lock.
The judge sentencing the company said that he took into consideration that Akira Care had no previous convictions and that it had cooperated fully and taken steps to remedy the problem. But he noted that the cellar steps were steep, the handrail difficult to use and it was tricky to leave the cellar.
Akira was fined £120,00 and ordered to pay over £40,000 costs.
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This article is substantially based on an article in the Shropshire Star February 2018.