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‘PRE LIFT PROCESS’ NOT SUITABLY ASSESSED

Offence not causative in death of workman crushed by load

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches discovered during investigation into the death of a worker at a Merseyside plant.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Graham Begley, aged 49, was found trapped between two 24 tonne pieces of car making machinery called ‘dies’ on 26 September 2011.The deceased is thought to have been moving the machinery with a crane when a chain/hook snagged on the die causing it to move thereby crushing him.

HSE told the court that the company “failed in its duty to undertake a suitable risk assessment of the risks to its employees were exposed to in relation to the pre lift process prior to the lifting of dies”.

The prosecution accepted in court that the regulation breach was not causative in the death of Mr Begley.

Suitable risk assessment is essential to risk control

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd of Coventry, was prosecuted for breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. After entering a guilty plea the firm was fined £30,000 and agreed to make a contribution towards HSE costs of £20,000.

After the hearing, HSE head of operations for the north-west, Mark Dawson 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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