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Liverpool care home fined after elderly woman dropped

A nursing home has been fined £18,000 after an 81-year-old woman was dropped to the ground from a faulty bed sling.

Frances Shannon suffered a broken shoulder and back injuries when she fell 3ft (91cm) at the Christopher Grange Nursing Home in Liverpool.

She died in Royal Liverpool University Hospital the following day.

The Catholic Blind Institute (CBI), which runs the home, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to one charge under health and safety laws.

It was also ordered to pay £13,876 towards the cost of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, in addition to the fine.
'Floods of tears'

The institute was charged with breaching a regulation of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

Mrs Shannon was being moved from her bed to a wheelchair at the nursing home in Knotty Ash on 4 December 2008 when the sling failed, the court heard.

Speaking after the hearing, Julie Lloyd-Shannon, Mrs Shannon's daughter, said: "My last vision of my mum was seeing her connected to bleeping, flashing machines, and her being in so much pain. I could not even hold her and try to comfort her.

"Every time I think of the events of that day, I still have floods of tears thinking what my mum went though, how scared she must really have been, and how she must have died in pain without me holding her."

In a statement, the CBI - which was not blamed for Mrs Shannon's death - said it accepted the court's decision.

"We express heartfelt sympathy for the family of Frances Shannon with the very real hope that the end of the court process will help them to obtain closure over their sad loss of a much loved and loving wife and mother," said chief executive Martin Sandeman.

"From the outset we fully co-operated and engaged openly with the investigations both into the incident and our policies and procedures.

"As a result of these, we have discussed and put in place measures to address identified gaps and prevent any further such incidents."

Source BBC