Shipyard fined after apprentice fall

A shipyard in Falmouth has been fined GBP 6,000 and ordered to pay GBP 6,288 in costs, after an apprentice suffered serious injuries in an accident at work.

David Banks, who was 19 at the time of the incident, fell from scaffolding that had not been correctly secured at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd.

He suffered serious knee injuries in the fall from the first level of scaffolding, which was being used to enclose a boat while it was being painted.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the firm had been warned about the risks associated with working from height and had been issued with four Improvement Notices and one Prohibition Notice relating to the type of work since 2009.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector, Melissa Lai-Hung said that Mr Banks was unaware that the scaffolding planks had not been secured.

“The company provided no safe working method for its workforce, there was no risk assessment for the work and a lack of information, training, instruction and supervision at the site,” she added.

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