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Pirelli 'extends their condolences' to worker's family

Pirelli has sent their condolences to the family of George Folder who died whilst working in the factory.

Earlier today, Friday 13 December, the jury at the inquest reached a verdict of accidental death.

The 48-year-old's body was discovered inside an industrial steam oven at the tyre factory in Carlisle in September 2012.

“Following this week’s inquest in Carlisle into the death of George Falder, everyone at Pirelli extends their condolences to Mr Falder's family. The management and staff at Pirelli are and always have been committed to ensuring high levels of health and safety for all those working at the Company, and would like to thank the Coroner, the jury and the witnesses for their vital roles in the inquest process"

– Pirelli

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Victim was 'feeling low' but was 'looking forward to getting better'

The widow of the Carlisle worker who died inside an industrial steam oven says she doesn't believe he killed himself.

Andrea Falder was giving evidence at the inquest into the death of her husband George, and said he had 'everything to live for'.

Mr Falder was found inside the autoclave at the Pirelli tyre factory last year.

Earlier the jury had heard he had a long history of anxiety and depression, but his GP who saw him in the days before he died, said he was looking forward to getting better.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Pirelli death victim had 'everything to look forward to'

The wife of the man found an industrial steam oven has told the inquest her husband had "everything to look forward to".

Andrea Falder said she and husband George had recently returned from holiday and George was preparing his father of the bride speech for his daughters wedding.

Former mental health worker Barbara Harrison said he had a long history of anxiety and depression and had had suicidal thoughts but had always been treated.

His GP Dr Lightfoot saw him four days before his death as he was 'feeling low' but had discussed him going back on medication adding "he was looking forward to getting better."

All the evidence has been heard and Assistant Coroner Robert Chapman will begin summing up tomorrow.

The hearing continues.

Victim's wife doesn't believe husband would have taken his own life

The wife of the man found an industrial steam oven has told the inquest she doesn't believe he killed himself.

George Falder died inside the autoclave at the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle last year.

Give evidence, Andrea Falder said she didn't believe he would have killed himself as he wouldn't have put his family, friends and colleagues through the trauma.

Evidence from colleagues has suggested he may have gone inside the machine to pick up dropped debris or check on the drain.

Jurors have been asked to consider whether he deliberately took his own life.

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Falder had no 'immediate concerns' for Falder's well being

A police officer has told an inquest there was 'no evidence' of debris inside an industrial steam oven where a man died.

Yesterday, colleagues of George Falder said they had seen him go inside the oven, at the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle, to retrieve dropped items.

The jury also heard the 48-year-old had a history of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. His GP saw him four days before he died.

He said he didn't have any immediate concerns and that he was looking forward to him getting better.

The hearing continues.

'No evidence' of debris in industrial steam oven

A police officer has told an inquest there was 'no evidence' of debris inside an industrial steam oven where a man died.

48-year-old George Falder was discovered inside the autoclave at the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle in September 2012.

The investigating officer Detective Inspector Nazir told the jury there was nothing showing in pictures of the scene.

The jury at the inquest are trying to establish how and why he went inside the machine. Yesterday colleagues said they had seen him enter it several times to retrieve dropped debris.

The hearing continues.

Workers did enter industrial oven on 'many different occassions'

Colleagues of a Carlisle factory worker who died in an industrial oven have told an inquest that they had seen him enter the oven several times before.

George Falder was found inside the autoclave at the city's Pirelli factory in September 2012. One worker said he had seen different people enter the oven on many different occasions over the years.

Kim Inglis reports:

Pirelli inquest: colleagues of George Falder give evidence

The operator of an industrial steam oven in which a man died has told the inquest into his death, there was no reason for him to be inside the machine.

George Falder's body was discovered inside the autoclave at Carlisle's Pirelli tyre factory last year. Colleagues said he was in a 'happy mood' on the day in died and there was no indication he was depressed or anxious.

Hannah McNulty reports.

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