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Care home fined for resident's fall

An elderly woman died the day after falling 3ft at a nursing home when a sling used to lift her out of bed broke.

Frances Shannon, 81, was being moved from her bed to a wheelchair at Christopher Grange Nursing Home in Liverpool on 4 December 2008 when the incident occurred.

The mother of two and grandmother of one broke her shoulder and suffered back and elbow injuries and died the next day at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

The Catholic Blind Institute, which runs the Knotty Ash home, admitted failing to carry out regular checks of the lifting sling after a case brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

It was fined £18,000 for breaching Regulation 9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, and ordered to pay £13,876 costs at Liverpool Crown Court.

Mrs Shannon's daughter Julie Lloyd-Shannon said: "My last vision of my mum was seeing her connected to bleeping, flashing machines, and her being in so much pain. I could not even hold her and try to comfort her."

HSE investigating inspector Sarah Wadham said: "There should have been regular checks of the sling and it should have been thoroughly examined at least once every six months. Sadly this did not happen."

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