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Cowes boatyard admits blame for worker's fall

An Isle of Wight boat builder has been prosecuted for neglecting safety precautions after a worker fell from wooden staging set up around a boat while it was being refurbished.

The employee, who had worked at the yard for 16 years, was attempting to pick up a linisher - a specialist sanding/polishing machine - while working on a vessel when he fell 1.4m from the staging, breaking his arm.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident at the Cowes site of yacht and boat builders Clare Lallow Ltd. and brought a prosecution for safety failings under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act.

Isle of Wight Magistrates were told the employee was off work for five months following his fall on 4 August 2011. The staging had no measures in place at all to prevent falls.

During a visit to the boatyard after the incident, HSE found the company had added rope guard rails but they were not robust enough to prevent further falls from the high staging, where work was still taking place. A Prohibition Notice was served preventing any further work at height and Clare Lallow Ltd. complied by constructing a scaffolding and guard rail system.

Clare Lallow Ltd., established in 1867 and registered at Pyle Street, Newport, admitted a breach of Section 2(1) of the Act and was fined £1,000 with £1,000 in costs.


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