Residents of a care home company may wish to seek injury compensation after the firm was fined GBP 5,000 for putting some of them at risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease.
SJ Care Homes Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued at one of its nursing homes in Manchester in February last year.
A routine visit to the Wythenshawe care home found that it did not have the required precautions in place to control legionella bacteria.
When HSE inspector Sandra Tomlinson revisited the home over a month later, no action had been taken.
"It is vital that care homes have plans in place to make sure the level of legionella bacteria in their hot water systems does not become unsafe," Ms Tomlinson said.
According to the HSE, Legionnaires’ disease is a type of potentially fatal pneumonia.
The symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease are similar to those of influenza, including a high temperature, headache and chills.
Posted by Alison Spriggs