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Jaguar fined £40,000 after electrician dragged into machinery

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd has been fined £40,000 for safety breaches after an employee was crushed after being dragged into inadequately guarded machinery.

The 57-year-old maintenance electrician, from Northfield, Birmingham, punctured both lungs and broke ten ribs, his breastbone, two bones in his spine and two in his right hand.

He had blood clots on his heart and kidneys and was in an induced coma in intensive care for 12 days.

Although he was in hospital for a further seven days, he was back at work within 17 weeks.

The incident happened in the paint shop at the company’s Lode Lane site in Solihull on 14th June 2013.

Birmingham Crown Court was told a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that when the worker had been trying to fix a gap in the machinery’s perimeter guarding, he was hit by an empty vehicle body carrier.

He was knocked to the ground and forcibly dragged through the gap into a restricted processing area where he was severely crushed.

The gap remained unguarded following the incident until HSE enforcement required that further protective measures be provided.

The area of conveyor was enclosed with fixed perimeter guards by Jaguar Land Rover and a robust key exchange access system introduced.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, of Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry, was also ordered to pay £13,474 costs after admitting to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector John Glynn said: “The incident was entirely preventable.

“Although the gap was minimally sized to allow empty carriers into the restricted area, it also allowed access to dangerous moving parts within the production process while in itself creating a crush hazard with the moving conveyor.”

If you have suffered an injury in an accident in the workplace that was not your fault then you could be entitled to compensation.

Contact Lloyd Green Solicitors on 0800 015 5500 for more information.