Outwood care home owner fined for failing to ensure residents’ safety

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The owner of an Outwood care home has been fined for failing to ensure the safety of its residents.

Mauricare (Wakefield) LTD was found guilty of two offences of failing to discharge its duty under the Health and Safety at Work act at Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

The charges related to its Ashby Lodge residential care home on Leeds Road.

During an inspection, Wakefield Council, which brought the case to court, identified serious failings regarding windows at the home. One was in such a dangerous condition that the window had broken away from the frame while window restrictors - required by law to protect vulnerable people from falls - were missing or broken.

The home is registered for the care of elderly people, including those with dementia. Mauricare was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “We remain committed to protecting vulnerable residents and are pleased with the outcome of this case. It sends a clear message about the high standards that are expected and anything less won’t be tolerated.”