Ramsgate diving supervisor Duncan Gill fined after health and safety prosecution
by business editor Trevor
A diving supervisor has been fined £5,000 for failing to ensure
a standby diver was ready to enter the water in the event of an
Duncan Gill, from Dover, was working for a company undertaking
an underwater inspection of Ramsgate Royal Harbour Marina in
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the standby
diver was not in a state of immediate readiness to provide
assistance to the diver in the water.
He should have been fully dressed and kitted up to enter the
water with his diving helmet in hand or close by. However, he was
only in his dry suit, which put the diver in the water at serious
risk had he required urgent assistance.
Canterbury Magistrates' Court heard today that Mr Gill had
previously been served with a prohibition notice by HSE for a
His employer, who does not wish to be named, had spent time
retraining and mentoring before allowing him to continue in his
Mr Gill was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs
after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Diving at Work
HSE Inspector Bill Chilton said: "The diving supervisor has a
critical role to play in ensuring that a dive is conducted in such
a way that the safety of the divers in the water is protected at
"It is reasonably foreseeable that a diver may require urgent
assistance from a standby diver should an emergency unfold, and
therefore, the standby diver should be ready and able to enter the
water in seconds."
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