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UK company fined £1million after worker killed by exploding tyre

06 June 2016

A Kent tyre company has been sentenced for safety failings after 21-year-old Matthew Hoare, from Canterbury was killed when a tyre exploded. Canterbury Crown Court heard how Hoare, an employee of Watling Tyre Service Limited of Kent, was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a Dresser loading shovel vehicle when it exploded.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Hoare 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.

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.”

Watling Tyre Service Limited pleaded guilty, at a previous hearing on 29 January 2016, to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was  fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £99,485.


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