Jaguar Land Rover prosecuted due to employee injury

BY Rebecca Randles ON 6th January 2015.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, of Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry was fined 3 weeks ago; £40,000 with £13,474 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. Due to a 57-year-old maintenance electrician from Birmingham suffering life-threatening injuries after being dragged into an inadequately guarded machine. The employee, who does not want to be named, punctured both lungs, broke ten ribs, his breastbone, and two bones in his spine, two in his right hand, suffered blood clots on his heart and kidneys and was in an induced coma for 12 days.

HSE inspector John Glynn said:

“The incident was entirely preventable. Although the gap was minimally sized to allow empty carriers into the restricted area, it also allowed access to dangerous moving parts within the production process while in itself creating a crush hazard with the moving conveyor. Jaguar Land Rover has extensive safety processes in their other plants, the company should have ensured the same level of protection at this location. It is remarkable that he recovered enough to return to work within 17 weeks. The incident could very easily have ended his life.”

To prevent this kind of tragic incident, please familiarise yourself with the below:

BS OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety, will safeguard your staff, reputation and business opportunities.

OHSAS 18001 is a British Standard, rather than an ISO and is designed to work alongside UK health and safety legislation.   Like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 it is a generic standard that can be applied to businesses of all sizes; it is based on the idea of embedding systems and processes, tailored to your business, that define how health and safety issues are managed across the business.

The standard promotes a safer working environment by heightening adherence to your health and safety policy and procedures at all levels of the organisation.   As well as looking after your most valuable asset – your employees – BS OHSAS 18001 gives potential clients assurance of your effective risk management procedures and full regulatory compliance.

BS OHSAS can help your business in the following ways:

A fit-for-purpose health and safety policy that is assessed as BS OHSAS 18001 compliant demonstrates due diligence, good governance and a competent management committed to health and safety in the workplace.   Other benefits of the standard include:

  • Improved performance and morale of your employees
  • Improved efficiencies in health and safety budgeting for costs such as training, ensuring that money is well spent and related to real needs of the organisation
  • Greater reassurance of stakeholders that you are taking all reasonable steps to protect the business against damage to your reputation and breach of legislation
  • BS OHSAS 18001 is increasingly a pre-requisite for companies wishing to tender for contracts within certain industries.

Like other standards, BS OHSAS 18001 is not a one-off exercise.   Regular reviews keep health and safety at the forefront of people’s minds, reducing your risk of non-compliance and demonstrating due diligence.