Company fined £1million after young worker killed by exploding tyre

Matthew, an employee of Watling Tyre Service Limited of Kent, was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a ‘dresser loading shovel’ when it exploded.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Matthew was working on his own with inadequate work equipment that was not properly maintained. He was not trained or competent to undertake the work he was told to complete.

Watling Tyre Service Limited pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 were fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £99,485.

After the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Mike Walters 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.”

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