‘Stairlift death’ sees care operator appear in court

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Blackpool care operator Calderdean Ltd has appeared in court accused of health and safety failures following the death of an elderly care home resident after she fell from a stairlift and broke her hip three years ago.

The company, which ran The Alders Care Home in Morecambe at the time of the incident, has been accused of failing to discharge a general health and safety duty to a person other than an employee.

It was alleged at a magistrates’ hearing that the woman had not been strapped into the stairlift as she should have done.

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Employer Margaret Louisa Croft, of Lockey Croft, Wiggington, York, also appeared in court and is accused of the same charge as the Calderdean.

But the offences were deemed too serious for the magistrates’ court and so the case has been committed to Preston Crown Court.

A plea and case management hearing will take place at Preston Crown Court at the end of this month.

The Alders Care Home can cater for 32 residents and cares for people with dementia and mental health conditions.

Since February 2015, after the incident happened, it has been managed by another operator called Thornton Lodge Care Ltd.



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