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Care Home Fined after Elderly Resident Choked to Death

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A care home has been fined after an incident in which an elderly resident choked to death on food that had not been cut into appropriate sized pieces.

Incident

Mrs Margaret Humphreys was a resident at Marlborough House in Fleet, Hampshire at the time of the incident. Mrs Humphreys’ family had arranged for her to stay at the care home and had provided staff with ‘clear’ instructions explaining that her food needed to be cut into very small pieces so that she would not choke. Her family had provided the instructions both verbally and in the form of a laminated card.

HSE Investigation

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors found that staff at the care home had served Mrs Humphreys with a meal of uncut meatballs.

The HSE investigation also confirmed that staff had failed to carry out a suitable assessment of Mrs Humphreys prior to her admission to the home. This assessment would have identified the danger of Mrs Humphreys choking on uncut food.

Sentencing

After failing to discharge the duty imposed upon them by Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Craysell Limited, of Hoppingwood Farm, Robin Hood Way, London, was fined £80,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £19,631.

HSE inspector Andrew Johnson said after the hearing:

“This was a completely avoidable tragedy. The home was informed in the clearest terms that if Mrs Humphreys was presented with food that was uncut, she would choke, this crucial information was ignored.

“Had Marlborough House properly assessed Mrs Humphreys, the risk of her choking would have been identified and measures put in place to control this risk.

“This case sends out a clear message to the care home sector, illustrating the importance of listening to residents’ family’s instructions and to also properly assess and provide the same standard of care to respite residents as they would to permanent residents. This tragic case must act as a reminder of the importance of properly assessing new residents and that vital information must be properly communicated to care staff.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

New Life Sentence for Death by Dangerous Driving

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In plans to be put forward by the Ministry of Justice, those who cause death by dangerous driving could be handed life sentences.

New sentences proposed

Offenders who cause death whilst using a mobile phone, street racing or speeding will be handed the same sentence as those charged with manslaughter.

Furthermore, careless drivers who kill – those under the influence of drink or drugs – may also be faced with a life sentence. Currently the sentence for such an offence is limited to a 14 year prison sentence.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said:

“Killer drivers ruin lives. Their actions cause immeasurable pain to families, who must endure tragic, unnecessary losses. While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime.”

Ministry of Justice

A consultation by the Ministry of Justice will ask for views on whether the current maximum sentences should be increased.

The proposed move would see the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous or careless driving increase from 14 years to life. There would also be a new offence for causing serious injury by careless driving, with a maximum sentence of three years. The current minimum driving ban for those who are convicted of causing death by dangerous/careless driving is also set to be increased.

The department say the consultation ‘delivers on the government’s pledge to consider the sentencing powers available to the courts for the most serious driving offences’. This comes after a total of 122 people were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in 2015 and a further 21 sentenced for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

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Source: Guardian

Car Park Accidents on the Rise Due to Larger Cars

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According to a recent study, the increase in car sizes over recent years has resulted in more car park accidents and demands for larger parking spaces.

Larger vehicles vs small spaces

Popular vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and the Audi Q7 measure 5 meters in length and just less than 2 meters in width, whereas the average parking space is 4.8 meters long and 2.4 meters wide.

Smaller cars are seemingly increasing in size year on year too. The latest Vauxhall Corsa for instance, is 16% larger today than it was 15 years ago.

35% more car park accidents

The study, produced by Accident Exchange, notes that car parking accidents now account for more than 30% of all vehicle related accidents. This equates to around 1,859 car parking accidents every day – 35% more than in 2014.

According to the study, the average repair bill for this accident type costs £2,050 – costing the UK approximately £1.4 billion a year.

NCP announce move

The largest private car park operator in the UK, National Car Parks (NCP), has announced plans to increase the size of many of its parking spaces.

However, this has sparked outrage among those who drive smaller vehicles who argue that larger parking spaces will mean fewer spaces for them.

Speaking to The Times, a spokeswoman for the NCP said:

“We are moving towards making the bays wider as we recognise that vehicles are growing in size, especially SUVs.”

However she added that the NCP also recognised that, particularly in busy car parks such as those at railway stations, there is an ‘extremely fine balance’ between the number of spaces available and bigger spaces.

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Source: Sky News

Man Jailed after Friend is Left Disabled in Crash

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A 23 year old man from Stevenage has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving after he and a friend collided with an oncoming vehicle whilst racing each other.

Incident

Clayton Kentsley and Connell Burgham were racing each other in separate cars in Welwyn Garden City when Burgham collided with another vehicle after losing control on a bend.

According to a witness, Kentsley had been tailgating Burgham moments before the crash. When approaching a left-hand bend, Kentsley pulled out into the oncoming lane and Burgham increased his speed.

Kentsly then pulled back in behind Burgham’s vehicle just before the bend, avoiding the crash, whilst Burgham lost control and swerved into the path of an oncoming car.

Judge Stephen Warner said that both men had been speeding, but could not conclude as to how much over the 30mph limit this was.

Serious Injuries

Burgham now requires constant supervision and cannot work after suffering life-changing head and neck injuries in the crash. He also suffered a personality disorder due to the incident and medics have said that it is unlikely he will ever recover.

Burgham was not the only person injured in the collision however. A five year old boy was in the back seat of the car which collided with Burgham’s vehicle and he sustained a serious injury that required surgery, whilst the driver – his father – suffered a broken elbow.

Sentencing

In October, Kentsley pleaded not guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving but pleaded guilty to an offence of dangerous driving. He was found guilty on both counts.

Appearing in court for sentencing, Judge Warner told Kentsley:

“You drove with complete disregard for the safety of others on the road.

“You were in effect egging each other on by driving as you did.”

The jury also concluded that Burgham, who was not in court, had caused serious injury to the five year old by dangerous driving, but after hearing of his condition, Judge Warner sentenced him to an absolute discharge.

Judge Warner jailed Kentsley for 27 months and disqualified him from driving for three years. He also ordered the 23 year old to take an extended driving test before he gets behind the wheel of a car again.

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Source: The Comet

Man Sustains Serious Injuries in Road Traffic Accident

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A motorist has suffered serious head injuries after a road traffic accident involving three vehicles took place in Nuneaton yesterday.

The victim was airlifted to hospital following the incident, which involved two cars and a lorry. The collision is said to have occurred at a junction at around 2.15pm.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

“On arrival, crews discovered two cars and a lorry that had been involved in collision.

“The driver of the one of the cars, a man, was quickly freed from his vehicle in order for treatment to begin. Ambulance staff administered emergency treatment for the serious injuries he had suffered, including a head injury.

“Once his condition had been stabilised the man was carefully moved to the air ambulance before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Unfortunately the man’s condition is thought to be serious. The driver of the second car and the lorry, both men, were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Source: Coventry Telegraph

Update: 7 Dead & 50 Injured after Tram Derails

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Seven people have died and a further fifty or so remain in hospital following the derailment of a tram in Croydon yesterday morning.

Incident

The tram driver, a man in his 40s from Beckenham, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. According to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted”. British Transport Police have confirmed that they are investigating a number of factors, including whether the driver fell asleep.

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said:

“We can confirm that at least seven people have lost their lives as a result of this incident.

“Our officers will continue to work tirelessly throughout the evening to formally identify them and provide care and support for their families.”

Yesterday’s crash is thought to be the first in the UK involving fatalities on board a tram since 1959.

The Commissioner of Transport for London, Mike Brown, said of the incident:

“Clearly something has gone catastrophically wrong and we will work tirelessly and quickly with the emergency services, the tram operator First Group and others to establish the cause.”

According to the RAIB that the tram was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve”, which has a speed limit of 12mph, when it derailed where the track branches. As of this morning, the tram remains on its side near an underpass just past Sandilane tram stop.

Witness accounts

A 30 year old man from Croydon, Martin Bamford, was on the tram at the time of the incident and was taken to hospital with fractured ribs. According to Mr Bamford “everyone just literally went flying”, he went on to say that people were screaming and there was “blood everywhere”. He added:

“There was a woman that was on top of me … I don’t think she made it at all. She wasn’t responsive.”

Other witnesses have said that they saw people screaming and crying, with people trapped underneath the tram calling for help. One witness, Andy Smith, who was waiting at a nearby bus stop said he heard “what sounded like a screeching noise, then a bang”. He added:

“[I looked] down the track and I saw carnage. There was a lot of screaming, panicking and commotion. It was a macabre scene.”

More than 50 admitted to hospital

St George’s Hospital in Tooting confirmed it was treating 20 people, four of whom were seriously injured. Dr Phil Moss, clinical director at the hospital, said three were having surgery that could require a hospital stay of “several days or even weeks”.

Meanwhile, 31 patients arrived by ambulance and seven others on foot at Croydon University Hospital, according to the hospital’s medical director Dr Nnenna Osuji.

A book of condolences has opened at Croydon town hall. The police have also set up a number – 0800 0560154 – for friends and family to call for information.

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Source: BBC News

Two Trapped after Tram Overturns in Croydon

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A tram has overturned in Croydon, South London this morning leaving two people trapped and a further 40 plus injured.

The incident, involving a two-car vehicle, occurred at about 6.10am in a tunnel near the Sandilands tram stop. Originally five people were trapped however three have been freed since early reports this morning.

A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said:

“A two-car tram overturned. Five persons are confirmed trapped, and 40 persons injured.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said:

“We are attending an incident in the Croydon area and have multiple resources on the way.”

Witnesses to the incident, including 23 year old Hannah Collier, said they saw people being carried away on stretchers.

“I heard a massive crash at about 6.15am, then heard shouting, then the emergency services arrived. I’d say there are roughly 20-30 vehicles there now, then they started bringing up the casualties, some very seriously injured.”

Police described the accident a “serious incident” and images on social media have shown emergency services working at the scene.

The London Tramlink Twitter feed confirmed this morning that no services were operating between Reeves Corner and Addington Village/Harrington Road.

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Source: Guardian

Woman Cut Free following Head on Collision

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A woman has had to be cut free following a head on collision involving two cars earlier this week.

The head on collision took place on a country lane in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire just after 5.30pm on Monday evening.

Emergency services were called following reports that one of the drivers involved was trapped in her car. Fire crews attended the scene and heavy cutting equipment was required in order to free the woman from the vehicle after the road accident.

The drivers of both cars were taken to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We were called at 6.01pm to a road traffic collision in Lingwood Lane, Woodborough.

“This was two cars in collision, with one female trapped. She was extricated by the service and taken to hospital by East Midlands Ambulance Service.”

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Source: Nottingham Post

Man Suffers Minor Injuries after Tractor Overturns

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A man has walked away from a serious road traffic accident with just minor hand injuries.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.30am on Monday morning after a tractor overturned and rolled onto a car on the A10 in Hilgay, Norfolk.

Fire crews were required to free the driver of the car, who was later taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. The driver of the tractor was unhurt.

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Source: ITV News

Bicycle Accident: Cyclist Dies after Collision with Lorry

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A female cyclist was killed in a bicycle accident, when she collided with a lorry on her way to work earlier this week.

Lucia Ciccioli was hit just before 8am on Monday 24th October as she rode through rush-hour traffic in London.

Medical teams, including London’s air ambulance, attended the scene but nothing could be done for the victim.

One witness said he saw police officers from a nearby station rush to Miss Ciccoli’s aid. They added that the scene was “too traumatic” to describe.

The lorry driver involved in the collision stopped after the crash and was not arrested by police.

Information released by the construction logistics and cyclists safety network noted that the lorry was travelling west towards Wandsworth. It was not making a turn at the time of the accident.

Miss Ciccioli’s father said their family has been destroyed by the incident:

“We are destroyed. We still cannot comprehend what has happened, we don’t believe it.”

The 32 year old waitress is the seventh person to die whilst cycling in London this year.

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Source: The Guardian