Charity prosecuted after worker kicked

Dimensions (UK) is a Reading-based charity that supports people with learning difficulties and autism. An investigation into safety procedures was instigated after a care worker was kicked in the eye by a violent client with a history of injuring members of staff.

HSE elected to bring a prosecution because the organisation had inadequate processes to control risks of violence from clients, and had failed to identify the triggers that would lead this particular client to become aggressive. Fines and legal costs brought the total penalty to £44,000.

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