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Council Sentenced After Legionella Death at Care Home

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has been fined following an investigation into the death of a pensioner who died from exposure to legionella.

Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading admitted breaching Section 3(1) of Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £100,000 with £20,000 costs in Reading Crown Court.

During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Lewis Payne, a 95-year-old vulnerable gentleman, arrived at RBC operated care facility, The Willows, on 24 September 2012.

He had previously been in hospital having suffered a broken leg and was attending The Willows to receive intermediate care before returning to his own home.

However, during his stay he began feeling unwell, complaining of aches and pains including tightness of the chest, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. He was also suffering from nausea.

As an employer, or a person in control of the premises, you are responsible for health and safety and need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of exposure to legionella. You must understand how to:

  • Identify and assess sources of risk
  • Manage any risks
  • Prevent or control any risks
  • Keep and maintain the correct records
  • Carry out any other duties you may have

FCS-live offer Legionella Risk Assessments, hosted on our online safety software. As with our Fire Risk Assessments, we provide an easy to read Action Plan and Live Logbook, to help you manage the risk of legionella at your premises. We can also advise on control measures such as water temperature monitoring and flushing of low use outlets.

Contact us today on 0333 0433 833, info@fcs-live.com or chat to us via the website.

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