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Shipyard Apprentice Injured in Work Accident

 An apprentice at a Shipyard has been left with personal injuries after the scaffolding he was using fell as it was not properly secured.

The 19-year-old, who was working ad Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, suffered injuries to both his knees when he fell on 27th April 2011.

An investigation in to the accident found that the apprentice was working in a dry dock stripping away plastic tenting which has been used to cover a boat while it was being re-painted.

The teenager was situated on the first level of scaffolding boards when they tipped under his weight, causing him to fall 2 meters to the dock floor.

The injuries sustained left the apprentice requiring physiotherapy.

The court hearing heard how the company have already been warned about their approach to risks associated with working at heights and had been issued with improvement notices by the Health and Safety Executive.

A spokesperson from the investigation said: “Mr Banks was unaware that the scaffold planks were insecure and there were no safety rails in place.

“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. This incident could easily have had much more serious consequences for Mr Banks.”

The company was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay a further £6,288 in costs.