Jaguar Land Rover has launched an investigation after a worker was crushed by a Jaguar F-Type body shell on the production line at the car-maker’s Castle Bromwich plant.
The worker, who has not been named, was working on a section where F-Type bodies and engines are combined when the car body fell on him.
The accident took place just after 9.40am on Monday August 17 when assembly workers had returned to work following their morning break.
One worker at the plant, who asked not to be named, told the Post it took 20-30 workers to lift the car body from the injured man, who was given first-aid treatment by colleagues before being treated by paramedics and rushed to Heartlands Hospital.
Although no information has been released regarding his condition the worker’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
One worker told the Post: “A Jaguar operator was working under the car and the car dropped on his head, he’s now in hospital.
“There have been no updates for us but hopefully he’s well.
“It took 20-30 lads to lift the car up.”
Another worker said: “It was at the point where the engine met the body and this bloke was crushed by the body of the car.
“We had our morning break from 9.20-9.40am and it happened just after that.
“I think it came down on his chest or his arm and he was screaming for help.
“Other workers were really shocked and we had the group leaders coming around telling us to go to the rest areas.
“F-Type production was immediately halted and I don’t think it is going to be started up again today.
The incident happened just days after Jaguar workers returned from their annual summer shut-down last Thursday.
A Jaguar Land Rover spokesman said: “We can confirm that the West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant today following an incident in a final assembly production area.
“The employee involved has been transferred to Heartlands Hospital and is receiving medical treatment.
“A full investigation is already under way to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Jaguar Land Rover will not be making any further comment at this time.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said a paramedic area support officer and an ambulance crew attended and added: “A man in his thirties had a chest injury and a minor head injury after an incident with some of the plant at the factory.
“When the ambulance arrived he had already been freed and was being cared for by colleagues.
“Ambulance staff immobilised him with the use of a spinal board and neck collar, gave him pain relief and took him to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.”