25th Jun, 2021 Read time 1 minute

British Airways fined after employee sustained serious crush injuries in a vehicle collision

British Airways Plc has been fined following a vehicle collision at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London.

The Southwark Crown Court heard how on the 16th of March 2018 an employee of British Airways was hit by a tug pulling a train of dollies, which are used to transport luggage around the airport.

The employee was knocked underneath another tug with dollies and sustained serious injuries.


The employee suffered serious injuries


After an investigation by the HSE Executive, it was found that the worker was at the centre of the roadway between the two lanes, which had become used as a walking route despite the safety risks.

Significant failings were also found within the general management of health and safety in the airport workplace. There was a lack of training, proper risk management and supervision/monitoring.

British Airways PLC of Waterside, Harmondsworth, Greater London pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £1.8 million and ordered to pay costs of £35,724.



"“British Airways failed to appreciate the serious nature of the risks to which its employees were exposed and as a result failed to take appropriate action to ensure they were properly protected.”

: HSE Inspector Megan Carr"

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