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Fine for Pendennis Shipyard Ltd

David Banks, a teenage apprentice was working on the first level of a scaffold board structure when it tipped. This action caused him to fall about 2 metres to the floor of the dock, as a result of which he sustained injuries to his knees.

The Truro Magistrates Court heard how the accident occurred on the 27 April 2011, at the Pendennis Shipyard Ltd. in Falmouth. Mr. Banks was working in the dry dock, clearing and stripping plastic tenting from a boat in the process of being painted.

Pendennis Shipyard Ltd had already been warned regarding the risks associated with working at height. They had been issued with four Improvement Notices and one Prohibition Notice relating to type of work since 2009.
Pendennis Shipyard Ltd, of The Docks, Falmouth, entered a plea of guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The Court imposed a fined £6,000 and ordered the Defendant to pay £6,288 in costs.