A major airport services firm has been fined GBP 90,000 after a man was crushed in a fatal work injury at Heathrow Airport in 2008.
Aviance UK was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and ordered to pay costs of GBP 18,800 over the death of Mohammed Taj, a vehicle maintenance specialist from Hayes.
The worker was repairing a vehicle used to pull baggage trolleys, which had been raised in the air by a single trolley jack that slipped, causing the vehicle to drop onto his head.
HSE inspector Stephen Kirton said: "Mr Taj’s tragic death could have been avoided if axle stands were routinely carried in the company maintenance van and were used by staff.
"Mr Taj could be alive today if just GBP 30 had been spent on a pair of axle stands."
Last year, a construction worker who survived a 120ft fall at Heathrow Airport was granted a GBP 270,000 injury compensation payout.