Hospital trust in court over safety charge

Director of nursing and quality at Blackpool Hospitals Trust Marie Thompson (below) said the trust is looking at ways to reduce patient falls.
Director of nursing and quality at Blackpool Hospitals Trust Marie Thompson (below) said the trust is looking at ways to reduce patient falls.
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A hospital trust has been taken to court over allegedly breaching a health and safety law at one of its hospitals.

The prosecution was brought after a worker at Blackpool Victoria Hospital broke his arm in two places at the hospital’s laundry department.

Hospital employee Daniel Earnshaw is said to have been trying to clear a blockage in the dirty linen conveyor when the accident happened on December 11, 2009.

He had two metal plates inserted in his arm and was discharged from hospital on Christmas Eve 2009.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, of Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, had the first hearing of the case against it at court yesterday.

It is accused of not discharging its duty by failing to ensure measures were taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of the dirty linen conveyor, before any part of a person entered into the danger zone.

Peter Hayes, prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive, said the case was suitable to be heard at a magistrates’ court.

Defence counsel, Miles Bennett, for the Trust agreed. He did not indicate a plea to the offence on the Trust’s behalf.

Magistrates at Blackpool agreed to hear the case and adjourned it to January 15 next year.

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