JLR fined after worker loses leg in accident at Solihull plant - The Solihull Observer

JLR fined after worker loses leg in accident at Solihull plant

Solihull Editorial 30th Jan, 2017   0

JAGUAR Land Rover has been fined £900,000 after one of its workers lost his leg at the Solihull plant.

A delivery driver lost control of a Range Rover Sport and crashed into another car causing a four-car shunt at the Lode Lane site.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the worker became trapped between two cars as he crossed a production line – the incident resulting in the amputation of his right leg above the knee.

Two other employees also suffered minor injuries.

JLR was found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the company had failed to ensure that the driver of the Range Rover, who was covering the shift, was familiar with procedures.

They had also failed to properly separate the workers on the production line from the moving vehicles.

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.”

JLR were fined £900,000 and ordered to pay costs of £49,800.

A JLR spokesperson said: “Irrespective of the outcome, this was a dreadful accident in which an employee suffered life-changing injuries through no fault of his own, and our thoughts remain with him and his family as he continues to adjust to those injuries.

“Jaguar Land Rover is committed to the safety and well-being of all employees, and strives to continuously improve working conditions.

“We accept the decision and continue to work closely with the HSE to ensure that all reasonably practicable measures are in place to protect our employees.”

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