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Dorset yacht company sentenced for safety failings

4th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Dorset yacht company has been sentenced for safety failings after a fire damaged a tall ship, resulting in severe injuries to one worker.

Rolf Kitching from Portsmouth suffered 40 per cent burns to his upper torso and head, resulting in him being hospitalised for four months. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that work on board the ship was poorly managed and controlled by YPAL and Allan Foot, with the court being told the incident could have been prevented if better systems were in place. 

HSE inspector Angela Sirianni said: "We will never know the exact circumstances of what happened on board the Malcolm Miller, but the end result is that Mr Kitching has suffered acutely painful trauma and years of ill health as a result of an incident that was preventable."

Ms Sirianni explained it was only a "matter of luck" that no one was killed during the incident.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801645897-ADNFCR


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