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

Canterbury Crown Court heard how 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.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Matthew was working on his own with inadequate work equipment which 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, at a previous hearing, to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 were today fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £99,485.

For more information about mechanical tyre repair visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/mvr/mechanical-repair/tyreremoval.htm

Added: 03-06-2016
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