It has been reported by the Health and Safety Executive that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined following the death of 53 year old at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

You can view the report by the Health and Safety Executive here:

Lincoln Crown Court heard that the victim, who was a patient at the hospital, died on 10 April 2012 from internal injuries as a result of falling onto an incorrectly exposed metal post, on the standing aid hoist that the staff were using in order to support the patient.

Following a Healthy and Safety Executive investigation it was found that the Trust did not have a system of training in place, nor did they monitor how staff used the standing aid hoist, as a result of this unsafe practices developed.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Trust was fined £1 million and ordered to repay £160,000 in costs.

The Trust also have to pay £3,800 to the victim’s family in order to cover the costs of the funeral

It has been commented by an Operations Manager for the Health and Safety Executive that, ‘this was a tragic and preventable death. If staff had received effective training and monitoring in the use of the standing aid hoist [the victim’s] death could have been avoided.”

In these circumstances proper training and monitoring could have possibly avoided such a devastating accident.

When visiting a medical professional, be it the hospital, doctors or dentist, we trust that the employees of the organisation are trained to the highest standard in order to deliver the best care they are able to. But what if we receive a low standard of care which results in injury?


If you or a family member have been harmed as a result of negligence by an NHS organisation or healthcare professional, you may be able to claim compensation. At Ringrose Law we have an experienced and dedicated team of legal advisors who specialise in these matters and can advise you over the telephone or in person, and we will advise you on whether you may have a claim for compensation and how to get back on the road to recovery.

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