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Watling Tyres’ appeal against £1 million fine for fitter’s death fails

In another appeal case, Watling Tyres failed to get a £1 million fine reduced following its conviction for health and safety failures that led to the…

In a appeal case, Watling Tyres failed to get a £1 million fine reduced following its conviction for health and safety failures that led to the death of a young Canterbury fitter.

On 25 October 2016, lawyers for the company claimed the penalty was ‘manifestly excessive’, but Court of Appeal judges disagreed.

The deceased fitter had been sent out from the Canterbury depot with faulty equipment and without adequate training for the job.

It took almost a decade for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to bring charges against the company, with the firm fined at Canterbury Crown Court in June after admitting two breaches.

Watling Tyres has already paid the fine, but had hoped to get some money back. Watling Tyres’ lawyers argued that the fine was manifestly excessive because it had taken so long to come to court and the firm had admitted its guilt.

Watling Tyres was ordered to pay £850 (of the sum of £9000 claimed) to the HSE towards its legal costs for the appeal.