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HSE Warns Tyre Fitters

(Clacton, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging all employers involved in tyre servicing to assess the risks associated with changing OTR/earthmover tyres.

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The announcement follows a fatal accident, near Sandwich, Kent, on Jan. 27, which occurred during the repair of a puncture on a 1.5 metre diameter EM tyre.

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Kent Police and the HSE are continuing the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident. The HSE is encouraging businesses to ensure that employees are “properly trained and competent to undertake such work.” According to the HSE there are two main hazards that can arise during tyre inflation: The violent separation of the component parts of the wheel, or an air blast from a ruptured or burst tyre.

HM Inspector of Health and Safety Mike Walters, said: “Tyre servicing is a potentially hazardous job and should only be tackled by skilled personnel who have been thoroughly trained. Many accidents occur when employees use machines and equipment to undertake dangerous jobs without proper training, particularly tyre fitting. It is also essential that managers and supervisors are properly trained as well.”

Further detailed guidance can be found in the publication titled “Health & Safety in Tyre and Exhaust Fitting Premises” HS(G)62 which is available from HSE Books (Tel: 01787-881165) Other guidance and information on suitable training courses can be obtained from the NTDA.

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