Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has admitted safety breaches following an investigation into the death of a worker.
Graham Begley, 49, from Halewood, was killed in an accident at work at the firm’s Halewood factory on in September 2011. He was crushed between two heavy pieces of car making machinery.
While investigating what happened, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered Jaguar Land Rover had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment for an aspect of the work, to which it pleaded guilty.
Mr Begley was found trapped between two 24 tonne ‘dies’, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
It is believed he was moving the machinery with a crane when either the chain or hook snagged on the die, causing it to move towards him. He suffered devastating crush injuries in the fatal accident.
While HSE found Jaguar Land Rover had failed in its duty to undertake a suitable risk assessment of the risks to employees during the pre lift process prior to the lifting of dies, it was accepted that the regulation breach was not causative of Mr Begley’s death.
Jaguar Land Rover Ltd pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was fined £30,000 and agreed to make a contribution towards HSE costs of £20,000.
Conducting a risk assessment for the working environment is a fundamental legal requirement for employers.
Mark Dawson, HSE head of operations for the North West, says a suitable risk assessment is an essential step in ensuring that the risks arising from work activities are properly controlled in a safe manner.
He adds risk assessments are particularly important where the work is hazardous and has the potential to result in serious harm.
In this case, Jaguar Land Rover failed in its duty to undertake a suitable risk assessment. Mr Dawson claims it should remind employers of their legal responsibility to identify the hazards and decide on the precautions that may be necessary.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown