Southampton company Hamble Yacht Services Ltd has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker fell whilst repairing a yacht.
Adam Whiteaway, 26, from Southampton, was working on a platform filling holes when support planks gave way. He fell nearly two metres, severely bruising his ribs and was off work for a month.
The incident, on 14 June 2011, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted the company for two safety breaches.
Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard today (16 October) that Mr Whiteaway had not received any training or instruction on how to safely construct staging and working platforms around the yachts.
HSE Inspectors found that two support bars on the staging used by Mr Whiteaway were missing and this caused the sides to move apart and the boards collapsed. The fall could have been prevented if the company had taken simple steps to regularly inspect the staging and provided Mr Whiteaway with sufficient training.
The company, of Port Hamble, Hampshire, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,805 in costs after admitting two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.