British Airways Fined £1.8M After Worker Was Crushed by a Baggage Trolley
British Airways have been fined a substantial £1.8 million after “significant failings” in their general management of supervision, monitoring, risk assessment and training.
On 16th March 2018, an employee was truck by a tug and knocked under a passing vehicle loaded with luggage leading to her sustaining serious crash injuries. The employee was using the centre roadway pictured above as a walkway when the incident happened.
Southwark Crown Court found after investigation of the serious incident on Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport, that the workplace had been following unsafe practices for atleast 10 years. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) deemed these unsafe practices a “significant failing” in the general management of health and safety and workplace transport risks.
Megan Carr (HSE inspector) commented on the incident “The situation in the baggage hall at Heathrow Terminal 5 was an incident waiting to happen”.
The airline giant who made a profit of around £1.3 billion before the pandemic pleaded guilty breaking section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The outcome of this came a £1.8 million fine and being ordered to pay prosecution costs of £35,724.
“British Airways failed to appreciate the serious nature of the risks which its employees were exposed and, as a result failed to take appropriate action to ensure they were properly protected.”
British Airways have commented that they are working hard to learn from their failings and aim to improve safety procedures.
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