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Diver’s finger severed in cofferdam installation

A working diver lost his finger after becoming trapped while working at the Port of Immingham in Grimsby, a court has been told.

Diver’s finger severed in cofferdam installation
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The diver worked for underwater civil engineering firm Northern Divers (Engineering), which pleaded guilty to breaching reg 6(1) of the Diving at Work Regulations.

Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee was installing a cofferdam – a watertight enclosure pumped dry to allow for construction work below the waterline – when his finger was severed on 29 August 2017.  

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Northern Divers (Engineering) had exposed workers to the risk of entrapment and injury because it did not plan and manage the work properly. 

The company was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,369.


Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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