Visitor died after escalator fall at Walsall Manor Hospital

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A visitor to Walsall's Manor Hospital died after falling down an escalator.

A report into the hospitals health and safety performance for the first quarter of 2016 revealed that the woman, who died on January 4, had gone to the hospital to visit her partner on January 3.

After falling on the escalators she sustained a head injury and was taken to A & E.

However, her condition deteriorated to the point where she began losing consciousness and vomiting.

She was then taken to a palliative care unit before passing away.

Bosses at the hospital discussed the incident amongst other health and safety issues during a board meeting today.

Mark Sinclair, lead director for estates and facilities with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "We would like to extend our sympathy to the family of the woman involved in this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"As part of the serious incident investigation the trust carried out we studied CCTV footage that captured the incident and notified the Health and Safety Executive which has also reviewed the footage. Our investigation concluded that this was unfortunately a tragic accident.

"Nothing like this has happened in all the years that the escalators have been in use but, as an additional precaution, we have also made the signage clearer."

Slip trip and fall incidents are the most common type of accident at the Manor Hospital, with the majority of personal injury compensation claims relating to them.

There were a total of 61 reported workplace accidents and incidents from January to March 31

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