Healthcare companies have been warned that they may face fines and injury compensation claims if they fail to ensure their staff are properly trained.
The warning follows the prosecution of Bupa Care Homes by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an elderly woman suffered fractures to both her legs in a fall.
An investigation discovered that 80-year-old Muriel Lindley was being lifted from her bed by a lone, inexperienced care assistant a job which should always be carried out by two properly trained staff.
"This prosecution should serve as a reminder to all carers, management and care home operators of what can happen when the correct training and procedures aren’t adhered to," commented HSE inspector Paul Robinson.
It follows news that a dental laboratory in Greater Manchester was fined GBP 2,500 after HSE inspectors found an unacceptable level of cleanliness there even after it had been served with an improvement notice.