A British luxury car maker has been fined £40,000 for safety failings following a work accident which put an employee’s life in danger.
Birmingham Crown Court sentenced Jaguar Land Rover’s marque firm on Tuesday (December 23), after the 57-year-old worker was pulled into a poorly-guarded machine on June 14 last year.
The unnamed Birmingham-based maintenance electrician sustained kidney and heart blood clots, and broke his breastbone, two spinal bones, two hand bones, 10 ribs and spent time in a coma.
He remained in an intensive care unit over 12 days and was detained in hospital over a further week before returning to work around four months later.
Crush injuries blamed on safety failures
The man sustained crush injuries in the company’s Solihull-based Lode Lane paint shop, prompting Health and Safety Executive (HSE) officers to investigate.
The HSE found that this was the latest in a range of regular halts to the production line. It heard that the worker was struck by a vehicle body conveyor which was passing through a gap in a perimeter guard, forcing him through the opening and into an off-limits processing area – where the incident occurred.
Nothing was done to remedy the situation before the Executive’s enforcement action necessitated more safeguarding steps concerning the gap were provided.
Jaguar Land Rover’s officials enclosed the conveyor area with secured perimeter guards. It also launched a vigorous system giving access to key exchanges.
Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover was also told to pay costs of £13,474 after admitting to breaking Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
Judge Carr, passing sentence, called the accident “entirely foreseeable”.
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Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: December 25, 2014
Author: David Brown