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June 2, 2016

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Exploding tyre fatality results in £1 million fine

A tyre company in Kent has been sentenced for safety failings after a young workers was killed when a tyre exploded.

Matthew Hoare, 21, was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a ‘dresser loading shovel’ when it exploded, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

An HSE investigation into the incident found that Matthew, who was employed by Watling Tyre Service Limited of Kent, was working on his own with inadequate work equipment that was not properly maintained.

The investigation found that he was not trained or competent to undertake the work he was told to complete.

Mike Walters, principal inspector for the HSE, said: “Employees need to be provided with properly maintained equipment and the correct equipment to undertake tasks while out on site.

“Employees also need to be trained and competent in the tasks they were asked to undertake.”

Watling Tyre Service Limited pleaded guilty at a previous hearing on 29 January 2016, to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

On 1 June, they were fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £99,485.

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Ronnie Weir
Ronnie Weir
8 years ago

The article really doesnt say what the failings were,

Mike Walters
Mike Walters
8 years ago
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