September 27, 2018

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Pirelli Tyres safety breach: Company fined after same machine breaks two worker’s arms

Pirelli Tyres Ltd has been fined after failing to put proper precautions in place after a machine broke a worker’s arm, leading to a similar incident with another worker two years later.

An employee of Pirelli Tyres Ltd was loading the stripline machine when his left arm was pulled in by a roller on 29 November 2013. Then, on 31 August 2015, a second employee had his left arm pulled in by the same roller whilst trying to make an adjustment during a production run.

Both incidents occurred at Pirelli’s tyre factory at Dalston Road, Carlisle.

The HSE’s investigation found the machine, which was manufactured by Pirelli in 2003, was not properly guarded, despite the first incident.

Pirelli Tyres Ltd of Derby Road, Burton-on-Trent pleaded guilty to two breaches of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £512,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,820.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Matthew Tinsley said: “Dangerous parts of machinery must be guarded to prevent access. Machines that are built in-house for a company’s own use must meet modern guarding standards, just as if they were going to be placed on the open market.

“This machine should have been appropriately guarded from first use but, failing that, the first incident should have prompted a thorough review of the machine to identify what additional guarding was needed and appropriate action taken.”

In 2015, Pirelli Tyres Limited recieved a £150,000 fine after an employee died when he became trapped in an industrial autoclave for more than two hours. In the same year, the company was prosecuted after a 17-year-old apprentice suffered serious injuries to his hands while using a metalwork lathe.

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