14 December 2007
Company fined after man dies while diving
A firm has been fined following an incident in which a man lost his life while diving.
The accident occurred in July 2005 when Thomas Young was taking part in a recreational training dive at the site of the wreck SS Bretagne off Torbay in the South West of England.
Jurassic Coast Divers were fined a total of £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,200 during a hearing at Exeter Magistrates Court after an investigation had revealed that the breathing equipment used by the firm was assembled incorrectly and had put divers' lives at risk.
About the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Richard Martins stated: "This is a life or death matter - breathing systems are crucial pieces of kit and divers' lives depend on their proper functioning."
Trainee divers are especially vulnerable as they cannot be expected to posses the experience or knowledge to determine how effective rented diving apparatus is, he added.