Back in July of 2010, an employee at GM UK’s (Vauxhall) Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility suffered several injuries after being crushed in the plant’s machinery. 59-year-old Stanley Ian Heard, otherwise known as Ian, was hospitalized following the incident and died 11 days later at the Countess of Chester Hospital; he worked as an electrician at the plant.
Following the unfortunate event, UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought charges against the Luton, Berdfordshire-based General Motors UK, to which the automaker recently pleaded guilty. Specifically, GM UK pleaded guilty to two charges relating to “failing to ensure the safety of employees, and failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery” on July 4th.
The plea commits the case to the Liverpool crown court for sentencing on a provisional date of August 1, with District Judge Lloyd stating that,”Bearing in mind the accident resulted in death in the circumstances outlined here, this is a crown court matter. Sadly this is a serious case, I don’t think I need to make any further comment. All agree the features of the case mean it is outside the jurisdiction of this court.”
Following the hearing, a Vauxhall spokesman said that the organization “will make no comment until there is a final judgement and that will not be today”.