A national car firm has been fined after a worker lost his leg at a manufacturing plant.
Jaguar Land Rover has been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of health and safety breaches at its Lode Lane plant in Solihull.
In February 2015, a Range Rover Sport was being driven to the start of the production line. This is a common event that happens 48 times an hour.
But this time, the driver lost control of the car. The Range Rover crashed into the back of another vehicle that had just been delivered. This led to four cars being shunted into one another.
A worker, who was walking across the production line at the time of the accident, was trapped by two of the cars involved in the shunt.
He suffered serious injuries to his legs, which led to the amputation of his right leg above the knee. Two other employees also suffered minor injuries during the accident at work.
Worker unfamiliar with safety procedures
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the company failed to ensure the driver of the Range Rover, who was covering the shift, was familiar with procedures.
It was also judged that the manufacturer had failed to adequately separate workers on the production line from moving vehicles.
Jaguar Land Rover was found guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £900,000 and ordered to pay costs of £49,800.
HSE inspector John Glynn said: “A worker has been left with life-changing injuries that were completely avoidable, it was only good fortune that prevented this from being a fatal accident.
“Jaguar Land Rover knew the risks of driving vehicles onto production lines and the possibility of shunt accidents, but failed to protect their workers.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: February 3, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown