Worker dies in Plymouth Dockyard accident
HEALTH and safety inspectors and police are continuing the investigate the death of a dockyard worker at Devonport yesterday.
Officers from Devon and Cornwall police are leading the enquiry into the death of the 57-year-old civilian.
The man, who was from the Newton Abbot area, was killed when he was operating a cherry picker on a laid up submarine.
The incident happened at 8 Dock early in the afternoon.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: “Just before 1pm on Monday, October 21 officers were called to Devonport Dockyard following the report of an industrial accident.
“As a result of the incident, a 57-year old male sadly died at the scene. His next of kin has been informed.
“A joint investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police, the Health and Safety Executive and MOD has commenced, and HM Coroner has been informed.”
It’s understood that the police will lead the investigation before fully handing the case over to the HSE if they do not establish any grounds for prosecution.
The HSE will then wait for the inquest to conclude before continuing an independent investigation to establish if any health and safety laws have been breached.
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “We are looking into the latest incident.
“Devon and Cornwall police are leading the investigation.
“We have had inspectors on the site but it’s very early days.”
The man, who has not been named, was a civian who worked for Babcock Marine.
The dockyard operator released a statment shortly after news of the incident broke.
It said: “Everyone at Babcock is saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts are very much with the family of the person who has lost his life.”
It is the second death in industrial accidents in Plymouth in less than a week.
A 22-year-old man died after being struck by a falling pallet on Friday.
The young Slovakian was working in the freezer area of Interfish Ltd, in Cattedown.