A teenager died after falling from a windowsill while being supervised by staff at a home for people with brain injuries, an inquest heard.
James Brotherhood was strapped into a wheelchair when he climbed up to see a motorbike he had heard outside the Aaron's Unit in Loughborough.
Senior care assistant Dale Watret told the inquest at Loughborough Town Hall yesterday that he was in the room with James when he climbed on the windowsill, but he could not physically step in to get him down because of health and safety policy.
Mr Watret said carers were told to talk to patients and distract them from behaving in ways that might cause them to harm themselves.Which, given it's a home for those with brain injuries, seems a bit...odd, does it not?
Further questioning revealed just who the concerns were for, or course:
Coroner Robert Chapman asked Mr Watret: "Why didn't you grab him?"
Mr Watret replied: "Health and safety policy states you don't catch anyone to break their fall."
Mr Chapman asked if that was the firm's policy.
Mr Watret replied: "It's health and safety policy all over the country, I am led to believe."
He told the inquest he was concerned about being injured himself.At least he's no longer employed by the home. Hopefully, their H&S policies have been revised too.