A tyre company has admitted a series of health and safety breaches after a father was killed by an exploding tyre in an accident at work.
Red Scar Tyres employee Gary Jackson, 46, of Victoria Street, Lostock Hall, was working alone at the company’s premises on Red Scar Industrial Estate, Longridge Road, Ribbleton in Preston, Lancashire, when the incident happened at around 10.30am on February 21 2012.
Tyre fitter flung across building by blast
Preston magistrates court was told the “bubbly” and “happy-go-lucky” fitter, the father of a young daughter, was repairing a lorry tyre when it exploded.
The air from a huge tear in the tyre caused by the blast blew Mr Jackson, who had worked for the firm for five years, right across the building.
The lorry driver and a sales representative came to Mr Jackson’s aid and paramedics were called. He was rushed to hospital but doctors could not save him.
The magistrates were told that a pathologist said Mr Jackson died because he had blood in his chest caused by a cut in his aorta.
At Mr Jackson’s inquest, detectives said a piece of evidence had been “moved” during the investigation but they decided against pursuing criminal charges.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its workers by exposing them to the dangers of burst tyres, failing to make sure they weren’t exposed to health and safety risks and failing to properly risk assess the health and safety of its workers.
Prosecuting for Preston City Council was Stuart Denney QC, while Michael Hayton QC was the counsel for the defence.
The managing director of Red Scar Tyres, Michael McEwan, will appear at Preston crown court on November 25 as the matters were considered too serious for the magistrates to deal with.
If you have been injured in an accident at work, contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out whether you could be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.