Support Worker sentenced after severely disabled woman choked and died

A senior support worker from Leeds was sentenced after a severely disabled woman choked and later died while in her care

Leeds Crown Court heard Tracey Gilboy, a senior support worker at an adult day care centre in Leeds allowed a sweet to be given to Alison Evers, a 34- year-old, severely disabled woman who had not developed a rotary chew, the circular motion that allows food to be ground down enough to swallow, and therefore required a soft diet. She choked and later died in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 20 April 2012 found that Tracey Gilboy failed to take reasonable care for the safety of Alison Evers in a way that almost immediately set in motion a chain of events that directly led to her death.

Tracey Ann Gilboy, of Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was sentenced to 80 days imprisonment, suspended for twelve months.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. 
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