Saturday, 12 September 2015

JLR fined £50,000 for lack of risk assessment

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover was fined £50,000 (inc. costs) for failing to have a risk assessment for an event which lead to an employee's death.
The circumstances were:
  • On 26 September 2011, Graham Begley was moving 24 tonne dies using a crane.
  • There was no risk assessment for the pre-lift process.
  • It is thought that the lifting chains snagged on the die, causing it to move towards him and crushing him.
  • It was accepted in court that the lack of risk assessment was not causative of Mr Begley’s death

The HSE head of operations for the north west said:
“A suitable risk assessment is an essential step in ensuring that the risks arising from work activities are properly controlled. 
This is particularly important where the work is hazardous and has the potential to result in serious harm. Employers are therefore reminded of their legal responsibility to identify the hazards and decide on the precautions that may be necessary.” 

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