November 29, 2018

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Diver safety: Finger severed in underwater incident

A company specialising in underwater civil engineering and commercial diving has been fined following an incident where a working diver was injured.

diverOn 29 August 2017 a Northern Divers (Engineering) Ltd employee’s finger became trapped whilst fitting a cofferdam underwater at Immingham Port. The finger was severed.

The HSE’s investigation found the work was not properly planned, managed or conducted in a manner which protected the health and safety of all persons taking part in the project, thereby exposing employees to serious risk of entrapment and injury.

Northern Divers (Engineering) Ltd of Humber Place, Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (1) of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 in relation to the incident and was fined £12,000 with costs of £2,369.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Chris Booker said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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