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Shipyard fined after apprentice fell from scaffolding

An apprentice worker was badly injured after he fell off scaffolding which was not properly secured at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd. in Falmouth.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 27 April, Truro magistrates heard that David Banks, from St Austell, who was 19 at the time, suffered knee injuries in the fall which happened on 27 April, 2011.

HSE's investigation found that Mr Banks was working in the dry dock to clear and strip away plastic tenting which had been used to enclose a boat while it was being painted.

The teenager was working on the first level of scaffolding boards when they tipped, causing him to fall around two metres to the dock floor below. The injuries sustained to his knees in the fall resulted in Mr Banks needing physiotherapy.

The court heard that Pendennis Shipyard Ltd. had already been warned about the risks associated with working at height and had been issued with four Improvement Notices and one Prohibition Notice relating to type of work by the HSE since 2009.

Pendennis Shipyard Ltd., of The Docks, Falmouth, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £6,288 in costs.


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