Diver gets suspended jail term for falsifying medical certificate
27th November 2017
Daniel Tennant did not hold a valid medical certificate, Leeds Magistrates' Court was told. Instead he falsified a document, which he gave to a diving company in 2016 in order to work as a commercial diver.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Tennant's fitness to dive certificate "closely resembled" a genuine one "but it had been altered to display a false expiry date".
Tennant pleaded guilty to six breaches of reg 12(1)(b) of the Diving at Work Regulations, which covers valid fitness to dive medical certificates, and s 33(1)(m) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, which prohibits the use of forged documents with the intention to deceive.
He was sentenced to 32 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours' community service. He must also pay £12,000 in costs.