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Pirelli in court over factory worker's death

Representatives from tyre-maker Pirelli have appeared in court in connection with the death of one of its workers who was found inside an industrial oven at its Carlisle plant.

Pirelli is accused of an alleged offence under the Health and Safety Act, of failing to ensure the safety of employees, following the death of 48-year-old George Falder in September 2012.

He was found inside the industrial steam pressure oven, know as an autoclave, which is used to heat tyres up to 150 degrees Celsius.

No plea was entered by the company's representatives during a hearing at Carlisle Magistrates Court and the case has been sent to Carlisle Crown Court, where it is next due to be heard on October 6th.

In a statement, a Pirelli spokesperson said:

“Pirelli's thoughts and sincere condolences remain with Mr Falder's family at this time.

"The Company has always been committed to ensuring high levels of health and safety for all of its employees.

"The Company fully cooperated with the HSE's investigation throughout; it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage"

– Pirelli spokesperson


Pirelli death prosecution

Pirelli Tyres due to appear in Carlisle Magistrates' Court following George Falder death Credit: ITV Border

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli is to be prosecuted after an employee was killed when he became trapped in an industrial oven.

George Falder, 48, from Carlisle, was found dead at the factory on Dalston Road in the city on 30 September 2012 in a machine used to heat tyres to temperatures up to 150 degrees Celsius.

The Health and Safety Executive is bringing criminal proceedings against Pirelli Tyres Ltd following an investigation into Mr Falder’s death. The company has been charged with a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which relates to failing to ensure the safety of employees.

Pirelli Tyres is due to appear before Carlisle Magistrates’ Court for the first hearing of the case tomorrow.

New councillor elected for Carlisle Castle division

Castle has 4,813 voters, meaning turnout was 22%. Credit: ITV Border

A new councillor has been elected for the Castle division in Carlisle City Council.

Labour councillor Alan McGuckin won the election with 389 votes.

The by-election was held following the death of Labour councillor Willie Whalen in June.

The political make-up of the 84 elected members in Cumbria County Council is now:

  • Labour: 36
  • Conservative: 26
  • Liberal Democrat: 14
  • Independent: 6
  • Non-aligned: 1
  • Vacant: 1

Detailing the life of a 'Cracker Packer'

The term 'cracker packer' will be familiar to anyone who grew up in Carlisle. It is the name long given in the city to workers at Carrs Biscuit factory.

A new book by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies explores the lives of six women who spent their lives on the production lines over a period of fifty years. Ryan Dollard reports.


Completely crackers: New book tells of 'Biscuit Girls'

A new book has been released chronicling the lives of women working in one of Carlisle's most famous businesses for over fifty years.

"The Biscuit Girls" by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies tells the stories of six so called cracker packers working in the Carrs Biscuit factory:

Ivy Graham Former biscuit worker

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