Canterbury Crown Court has fined a tyre company after pleading guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The court fined the firm £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £99,485.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) successfully prosecuted the Kent based company after a 21-year-old male employee was fatally wounded when a tyre exploded. The worker was repairing a tyre from a dresser loading shovel when it exploded.
The HSE told the court that the employee had not been provided with adequate equipment. Additionally, he was working on his own without training or supervision.
After the case was heard, Mike Walters from the HSE said: “Employees need to be provided with properly maintained equipment and the correct equipment to undertake tasks whilst out on site. Employees also need to be trained and competent in the tasks they were asked to undertake.”