Jaguar Land Rover fined £900,000 after worker lost a leg in accident
Jaguar Land Rover has been fined £900,000 after an accident at one of its factories led to a worker having his right leg amputated.
A trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that the employee was crushed between two vehicles at JLR's Lode Lane plant in Solihull, West Midlands, in February 2015.
Jurors were told the car-maker has since introduced a buffer zone to reduce the risk of a similar accident, which happened when a Range Rover caused a four-vehicle shunt.
Two other employees also suffered minor injuries.
In a statement issued after the prosecution, the Health and Safety Executive said JLR had also been ordered to pay costs of £49,800 after being found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
HSE inspector John Glynn said: "A worker has suffered been left with life-changing injuries that were completely avoidable. It was only good fortune that prevented this from being a fatal accident."
JLR said its thoughts remained with the injured worker, who had suffered life-changing injuries through no fault of his own.
The company said in a statement: "Jaguar Land Rover is committed to the safety and well-being of all employees, and strives to continuously improve working conditions.
"We accept the decision and continue to work closely with the HSE to ensure that all reasonably practicable measures are in place to protect our employees."
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