Angus Tyres has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker suffered severe injuries when he was struck by a falling tractor wheel.
The incident occurred in November 2012 at a farm in Carnoustie and saw Michael Davidson of Arbroath, then aged 28, suffer a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, a broken leg and multiple broken collarbones when he was hit by the heavy item.
Arbroath Sheriff Court heard how he was removing the wheel from the vehicle when he noticed another worker close behind him. He had already removed the wheel nuts and turned around to warn his co-worker of the dangers of getting too close when the wheel fell and struck Mr Davidson.
HSE inspector Michelle Gillies commented: "Angus Tyres should have properly assessed the risks in advance to determine the correct equipment and training needed to change the tractor wheels safely."
As a result, the firm was handed a GBP 10,000 fine pleading guilty to a breach of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Posted by Wayne Weir