Jaguar Land Rover has received a fine of almost £1m for breaching Section 2 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 after a worker was crushed at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands and left with life changing injuries.
A delivery driver, who was covering the shift, was driving a Range Rover Sport vehicle towards the start of the production line, an event that normally happens 48 times an hour. As the driver reached the start of the line, he accidentally hit the accelerator and caused a four-car shunt. The worker, who was crossing the production line at the time, was trapped between the second and third vehicles. He sustained severe injuries and needed an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg.
Safety measures were deemed insufficient. Had the company installed a buffer zone to prevent employees from working on vehicles near the line’s entry point, it would have eliminated the risk. It installed such a zone after the accident.
Training was found to be inadequate. The company had failed to inform workers that they should not work on vehicles when they were being moved onto the production line, or if they had, they did not comply with that instruction.
The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation found that the car maker had failed to ensure that the driver was familiar with procedures. It had also failed to separate the workers on the production line from the moving vehicles properly. The company was charged with breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.