Pirelli comments on Carlisle autoclave fatality
ERJ staff report (BC)
Burton-on-Trent, UK – Following recent press coverage of a fatal incident at Pirelli’s Carlisle, UK facility on 30 September 2012, the company issued the following statement:
“Further to the unexplained death of George Falder on site at the Carlisle plant in September 2012, the standard procedure of investigations by both the Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) began.
“Checks were performed on the autoclave and it was released back into service the day after the incident and found to be in normal working order. The Police investigation was duly completed and concluded that no criminal acts had taken place.
“The HSE was then handed primacy of the investigation and made some recommendations for improvements in respect of Pirelli’s operation of the autoclave. Pirelli has fully complied with these recommendations to the HSE’s satisfaction.
“Given that there were no work-related reasons for Mr Falder entering the autoclave, and as the HSE investigation has not yet been concluded and the Coroner’s inquest is still to be held, there is nothing further that can be said at this time.
“For Pirelli, one of the main priorities is to ensure that its employees work in the safest conditions.
“Ultimately, the Company’s thoughts are still with the family, friends and work colleagues of Mr Falder.”
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