Care home in York fined £50,000 over resident’s window jump

A YORK housing trust has beened ordered to pay £78,000 over a health and safety breach discovered during the investigation into the death of a resident at one of its homes.

It has also emerged that Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) had been warned about the safety of communal room windows at another of its homes, Lamel Beeches, in Heslington Road, York, two years before Dora Strickland, 90, jumped to her death through a second floor bedroom window at Red Lodge, New Earswick.

After the death, York Crown Court heard, the Trust unsuccessfully tried to overturn a City of York Council improvement notice forcing it to upgrade safety features for windows in residents’ windows at Red Lodge. The windows now have improved safety measures.

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