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BERKS FACES COURT CHALLENGE OVER CARE HOME DEATH

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The Health and Safety Executive is prosecuting Berkshire CC following the death of an 82 year old woman at a counci...
The Health and Safety Executive is prosecuting Berkshire CC following the death of an 82 year old woman at a council residential care home.

Eileen Whiston suffered 90% burns and was scalded to death after getting into a bath she had run herself.

The HSE alleges the council breached s3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 which places a duty on employers to ensure as far as possible that people are not exposed to health and safety risks from the operation of their business.

A second charge alleges the council contravened the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 by not reporting the accident until a week after it occurred.

The council this week refused to comment on the grounds that the case was now sub judice.

The case is due to be heard by Slough Magistrates Court later this month.

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