£900,000 fine after worker's serious injury
24 January 2017
Birmingham Crown Court has fined Jaguar Land Rover £900,000 after a worker lost his leg following an accident on the production line.
The incident occurred when a delivery driver lost control of a Range Rover Sport vehicle that was being driven toward the start of the production line on Sunday 8 February 2015.
Although this happens 48 times an hour at the factory, on this occasion the driver collided with the rear of another vehicle and propelled it into two others.
This happened as the injured worker was crossing the production line and he became trapped between the second and third cars.
His injuries resulted in the amputation of his right leg above the knee and two other employees also suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that the company had failed in its duty to ensure that the driver was familiar with procedures.
Workers on the production line should also have been separated from moving vehicles on the production line, said the HSE.
Birmingham Crown Court found the company guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 and fined £900,000 with costs of £49,800.