A former care worker at Springwood Day Centre has been sentenced to a custodial sentence at Nottingham Crown Court following the death of service user Majid Akhtar.
The offence arose after a group of service users from the day centre, including Mr Akhtar had been on a trip to Kings Mill Reservoir. The defendant, Nikki Deaney, was tasked with providing one to one supervision, lost sight of Majid, who drowned when he suffered an epileptic seizure around the time that he fell into the reservoir.
A joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Nottinghamshire Police found that Ms Deaney spent a significant amount of time on her mobile phone instead of giving her full attention to Majid while walking with him around the reservoir.
Ms Deaney pleaded guilty to breaching section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which imposes a duty upon every employee to ‘take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work’. She was sentenced a four month term of imprisonment.
Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Stuart Pilkington said: 'This is a tragic case which was entirely preventable. It highlights the importance of maintaining focus when caring for vulnerable persons.'