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Call for changes after elderly man falls through glass door and dies in Gainsborough

A Lincolnshire coroner has called on a housing provider to review its properties after an elderly man fell through a glass door and died in September this year. After an investigation and inquest, it was revealed that Frederick Powell, 93, failed to recover from his life-threatening injuries following the incident at his home on St Martins Close, Blyton, Gainsborough.

In a prevention of future deaths report, coroner Paul Cooper noted that no current building regulations were breached, but suggested a review into Acis Group’s use of internal glass doors. Mr Cooper wrote: “In my opinion action should be taken to prevent future deaths and I believe [Acis Group] have the power to take such action.”

The housing group says that they “strive to repair and maintain” their properties to a good standard. Acis Group has until December 19 to fully respond to the coroner’s report.

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A spokesperson for the group said: “We firstly want to extend our deepest condolences to Mr Powell’s family and friends during these difficult times. We are acutely aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding his passing in September, and our thoughts are with those affected.

“We are in receipt of a Regulation 28 report from the Coroner that we will be responding to fully in due course. The response deadline is 19 December. We would like to assure all of our customers that we strive to repair and maintain our properties to a good standard which is fully compliant with all statutory and legal obligations.

“We already have arrangements in place to remove or encapsulate such glazing when a property is empty and, following this incident, have looked at how we might expand this programme. Full details of this will be shared with the Coroner in due course.

“The presence of this type of glazing in properties is not unique to Acis and it exists across a number of older properties within the social housing sector, the private rented sector and within privately owned residences. If any of our customers have any concerns around the existence or otherwise of this type of glazing in their property then we would ask them to contact us directly in order that we might discuss options with them.”

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