A TYRE giant which has its headquarters in Burton has been fined £20,000 after an employee sustained major injuries to his left arm when it became trapped in a testing machine at its factory in Carlisle.
Pirelli, which is based off Derby Road, was hit in the pocket after the 57-year-old man, who has asked not to be named, broke his arm in three places and unable to work for four months.
Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard the worker was trying to fix a fault on the machine when it was switched back on following the Christmas 2011 shutdown.
The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation found the fault had occurred several times in the past after the machine was restarted following previous Christmas shutdowns.
In addition to the fine, Pirelli was ordered to pay £4,330 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The firm said in a statement: “Pirelli deeply regrets the injury to its long-serving employee.”