A number of Local Authorities (LA’s) put together a partnership project in support of Better Backs 2006. The project involved joint visits with HSE (both sharing enforcement roles) and with support from the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to tyre and exhaust premises across a county with additional focus on some industrial tyre fitting companies based in the locality.
After the first few visits it became evident that the tyre industry was lacking in compliance with the duty to undertake Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) risk assessments, identify suitable control measures and provide suitable training. As an industry it was found that some tyre fitters were handling tyres of up to 288kg (large agricultural tyres) and it was common for one person to be handling a super single HGV tyre (plus rim) weighing up to 120kg.
As a consequence HSE Inspectors issued 13 MSD Improvement Notices with a similar number being served by LAs on depot- based staff under the dual enforcement arrangements.