WOLVERHAMPTON, England (Nov. 3, 2010)—Goodyear Dunlop UK was fined Nov. 1 as a result of a teenage employee fracturing his skull while maintaining machinery.
The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd. after one of its maintenance team, Karl Illidge, struck his head at the firm's Stafford Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton site.
According to court record, Illidge, a 17-year-old apprentice, was working with two other mechanical maintenance engineers Sept. 11, 2009, to repair a tire press when the internal bladder of the press re-energized and burst. This blew the lid off the press with great force and noise, causing Illidge to move very quickly out of the way and, in doing so, strike his head on nearby equipment, court records said.
Goodyear Dunlop UK, whose head office is in Erdington, Birmingham, was fined $29,300 and ordered to pay $7,700 in costs.