Luxury yacht building company fined £167,000 after engineer injured

An employee of Sunseeker International Limited, who has asked not to be named, was working under the hull of an 86-foot yacht, adjusting the height of a prop when the 147kg bracket came free. The worker suffered a large laceration to the top of his head and lost consciousness. He suffered concussion for several weeks and pain in his neck from a torn muscle. He was off work for six weeks and received physiotherapy for 15 months.

An investigation by the HSE into the incident on 28 January 2016, found that the company failed to provide a safe system of work to ensure safety during the task of realigning the brackets on the hull of the yacht.

Sunseeker International Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £167,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Victoria Bailey said, “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to inform, instruct and train their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable, safe system of work had been implemented prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

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