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Land Rover in court after worker’s life-threatening injuries

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd has been prosecuted after one of its employees suffered horrific crush injuries when he was dragged into unguarded machinery.

What happened?

After a series of frequent production line stoppages, the 57-year-old maintenance electrician had approached a gap in the perimeter guarding that surrounded the vehicle body lifting equipment, in order to investigate the issue.

As he did so, an empty vehicle body carrier on a circulatory chain conveyor that was travelling through the gap hit him and knocked him to the ground. He was then forcibly dragged through the gap into a restricted processing area where he was severely crushed.

He sustained life-threatening injuries, including punctures to both of his lungs, ten broken ribs and a broken breastbone.

Additionally he had blood clots on his heart and kidneys and was placed in an induced coma in intensive care for 12 days. He stayed in hospital for a further seven days but was back at work within 17 weeks.

What was the outcome?

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, and was fined £40,000 with £13,474 costs.

Judge Carr, who passed the sentence, said Jaguar Land Rover “fell far short of a safe and reasonable standard”, adding:

“This was an entirely reasonable, foreseeable situation. The breach
was an ongoing failure and an accident waiting to happen.”

If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email
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