Disabled boy, 18, allowed to fall to his death because health and safety fears meant carers could not restrain him
A disabled boy fell to his death because care home workers were too afraid to restrain him over ‘health and safety’ fears.
- Carers watched as James Brotherhood climbed on to the windowsill with a wheelchair strapped to him
- Staff wrongly thought health and safety policy meant they could not physically intervene
- Rushcliffe Care Group refused to comment and have paid an undisclosed sum to devastated family
When asked by a coroner why he did not intervene in the moments before the tragedy, one of his carers wrongly stated the home had a ‘no restraint policy’ due to health and safety rules.
‘His carers said they didn’t want to move him or stop him because they were scared they might get hurt, but one of them was a 6ft bouncer – it was simply ridiculous.
‘After the accident, I was told that he had suffered a slight knock but in the inquest I discovered he had received a severe blow to the head.
‘There were three carers in the room at the time and they just stood next to him and watched him for several minutes before he fell.
‘They should have just grabbed him and stopped him from doing it, then my little boy would still be here.’
Following the payout, Neil Clayton, a specialist in medical negligence and care home neglect with Harvey Ingram Shakespeares solicitors said: ‘This was a tragic accident that would have been avoided if Rushcliffe Care’s staff had used basic common sense.
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