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Pressure Washer Kills Employee

BY Michelle Sneyd
Health & Safety

In June 2017, Joseph McDonald was working in the paint shop at Jaguar Land Rover's site in Solihull. Using high-pressure water jet to clear paint residue the flexi-lance kicked back and struck him, causing a fatal injury.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told Leadec Ltd, knew the risks of operating high-pressure water jetting equipment, but failed with appropriate safety measures to control the risks, (pressure regulator and/or anti-ejection device were missing). Training and supervision were not sufficient.

Leadec Ltd.  admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, were fined £2 million plus £30,000 in costs.

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