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Care worker imprisoned after the death of service user

Date:
22 February 2017

Nikki Deaney, a former care worker at Springwood Day Centre, has been sentenced after the death of service user Majid Akhtar.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how a group of service users from the day centre, including Majid, had been on a trip to Kings Mill Reservoir.

Ms Deaney, who at the time was supposed to be providing one to one supervision, lost sight of Majid, who drowned when he suffered an epileptic seizure around the time that he fell into the reservoir.

A joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Nottinghamshire Police found that Ms Deaney spent a significant amount of time on her mobile phone instead of giving her full attention to Majid while walking with him around the reservoir.

Nikki Deaney of Sneinton Dale, Nottingham pleaded guilty to breaching section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been sentenced to four months imprisonment.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Stuart Pilkington said: “This is a tragic case which was entirely preventable. It highlights the importance of maintaining focus when caring for vulnerable persons.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk[1]
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ [2]
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