The Jaguar worker crushed by a car while working on the Castle Bromwich production line has been discharged from hospital.
A Jaguar Land Rover spokeswoman confirmed the worker, who has not been named, was discharged on Wednesday from Heartlands Hospital - two days after the accident.
Although no official details have been released regarding the man’s injuries, a colleague who witnessed the accident told the Post he had sustained multiple rib fractures, a broken collar bone and cuts and bruises.
The Jaguar Land Rover spokeswoman added that a welfare officer would now be assigned to support the worker and assist with their recovery and ultimately their return to work.
The injured worker was working on a section of the line where F-Type bodies and engines are combined at the Castle Bromwich plant when the car body crushed him.
Co-workers rushed to the injured man’s aid with between 20 and 30 of them helping to lift the car from him.
Jaguar Land Rover immediately launched its own investigation into the incident.
The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it has been in contact with Jaguar Land Rover following the accident, though as yet no formal investigation has been launched.
A HSE spokeswoman told the Post it had been in touch with the car-maker but was awaiting the receipt of further details before any additional steps were taken.
She said: “HSE is aware of the incident and has spoken with the company. We are awaiting further details.”
A colleague of the injured worker said he believes it was only the speedy intervention of co-workers that saved the man’s life.
The colleague, who did not wish to be named, was one of those who helped lift the car off the injured man and said he believed the rapid response was a potential life-saver.
“I am confident that without the help of myself and many of my other colleagues prying the car off of him, this would have ended as a fatality,” he said.
He added: “I was looking directly at him when the incident happened.
“The car did not drop, there was a fault with both the car’s carrier and the tug on which the engine and axles sat.
“This caused the carrier to jolt forward independently of the tug, pinning my colleague’s chest and neck between the front axle and the rear of the front wheel arch.
“His chest was crushed to the point of compressive asphyxia, he was unable to scream, and he fell unconscious well within 60 seconds of this.
“He is now stable with multiple broken ribs, a broken collarbone and multiple lacerations and bruises.”
The accident took place just after 9.40am on Monday when assembly workers had returned to work following their morning break.
The incident, which prompted the immediate shut-down of the F-Type production line, happened just days after Jaguar workers returned from their annual summer shut-down on August 13.