Firm admits safety failings over care home lift death

Lift Chair

A care home operator has admitted health and safety failings three years on from the death of a care worker in a lift.

KCRH Limited, which ran The Laleham care home, had failed to regularly inspect the lift or fit a safety sensor, an inquest into Joan Daws’ death found.

The inquest jury found that her death could have been avoided had a safety sensor been installed.

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Mrs Daws became trapped in the lift while moving a chair to weigh patients in October 2013.

The inquest heard that staff at the home heard screams after Mrs Daws pulled the equipment into the lift and it started to move, according to a BBC report.

KCRH Limited is due to be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court at a date yet to be decided.

Image: family handout showing the chair used by Mrs Daws to move patients

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