Matthew Hoare tyre death 'accidental', concludes inquest jury

Matthew Hoare
Image caption Matthew Hoare died when a tyre he was working on exploded

The jury at an inquest of a 21-year-old man who died at work when a tyre exploded has concluded he had a lack of training.

Matthew Hoare, of Chartham, Kent, died in January 2006 while working for Watling Tyres in Canterbury.

He had been sent to fix a puncture on an earth mover in Sandwich when the incident happened.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The Health and Safety Executive may take further action.

His mother, Carolyn Hoare, told the inquest he had complained to managers about the lack of training and equipment, but he was told if he did not want the job there were others that did.

The jury concluded there were several factors which contributed to his death, including a failure to use the appropriate equipment, lack of training and experience.


Speaking outside the inquest at The Guildhall, in Sandwich, Mrs Hoare said: "As a mother I have lost a son - my son is irreplaceable."

Mike Walters, from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said the watchdog may take further action.

"We will review what we heard at the inquest and then we will make a decision as an organisation as to whether we take further action," he said.

Andrew Road, solicitor for Watling Tyres, said: "The thoughts of the company today are with the friends and family of Matthew.

"The company has throughout this long investigation, fully and at all times, co-operated with the police and HSE and will continue to do so."

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