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85yo found dead in nursing property bed ‘with head stuck’

Posted December 14, 2015 11:56:56

Map: Hobart 7000

An 85-year-old resident of a Hobart nursing residence was identified dead in her bed in 2012 with her head stuck amongst a mattress and a bed pole, a coronial inquest has heard.

The inquest was told Barbara Westcott was located by employees at Hobart’s Vaucluse Gardens about 11:30pm in March 2012.

Her head was trapped among a mattress and a removable pole utilised to aid residents get in and out of bed.

The inquest heard Ms Westcott had restricted mobility.

She also suffered from Parkinson’s and Addison’s illnesses, dementia and hypertension, and essential half-hourly checks.

Employees told police Ms Westcott was last checked about 8:30pm or 9:00pm that evening.

Patient charts examined by police indicated she had final been checked at two:30pm in the afternoon.

The inquest heard that warnings had been issued by distributors of bed poles about their use by people with limited mobility.

Subjects: courts-and-trials, aged-care, hobart-7000

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Driver escapes ‘with only a scratch’ as metal tray pierces windscreen

Posted December 12, 2015 20:26:53

External Link: SJ Firefighters tweet
Map: United States

A driver has escaped serious injury after a heavy metal beam fell off a truck, bounced then pierced his BMW X5 SUV’s windscreen in San Jose, California.

The driver was able to drive the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and no other vehicles were involved, fire crews said.

The man received a minor scratch to his right arm, firefighters said.

“Had the person been a little more to the right, it would have impaled him,” San Jose Fire spokesman Christopher Salcido told SF Gate.

“It looks like he not so much dodged a bullet, but dodged a large beam of metal.”

The San Jose Fire Department tweeted a photograph of the accident urging drivers to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, and to “always be alert to your surroundings”.

Topics: accidents—other, offbeat, united-states

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