Pirelli fined £20k after man's arm trapped in machinery

One of Cumbria's biggest employers has been fined £20,000 after an employee suffered serious injuries when his arm became trapped in machinery.

The 57-year-old broke his arm in three places when it was crushed in a tyre testing machine at Pirelli in Carlisle last year.

The firm pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act at Carlisle Magistrates Court after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive.

It was also ordered to pay more than £4,000 in costs.

“A moment’s lapse in concentration left an employee with major injuries to his left arm because Pirelli’s management of the risks from maintenance work wasn’t good enough.

“The fault with the machine had occurred before, following previous Christmas breaks, but the company didn’t have a specific risk assessment in place to make sure it could be fixed safely.

“Although Pirelli did have written Safe Working Procedures, they were not effective because the employees were either unaware of them or weren’t following them, and no effort was made to check that the procedures were being followed.

“This incident could have been avoided if Pirelli had done more to make sure that risks were being properly assessed and its employees were following safe working practices.”

– Michael Griffiths, Inspector, HSE