Residential care tragedy a wakeup call

IHC’s service delivery arm, Idea Services, has been ordered to pay reparation over the death of a 15-year-old with multiple disabilities who drowned in the bath at a respite care home in Palmerston North.

Idea Services pleaded guilty under sections 15 and 50 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure no action or inaction of an employee harmed another person.

WorkSafe NZ says this is a wakeup call to the residential care sector, to ensure that they fully assess and manage the risks of services like bathing people with complex needs.

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Summarised from a WorkSafe NZ media release.

Published in health.