Tobacco Dock fined after worker is injured painting pirate ship

LONDON’S Tobacco Dock venue has been fined for lack of safety training after a painter fell 12ft while working on a replica pirate ship

LONDON'S Tobacco Dock venue has been fined for lack of safety training after a painter fell 12ft while working on a replica pirate ship.

The worker slipped from scaffolding at the converted dockside complex in Wapping while repainting a replica of the 18th century Sea Lark raider.

Tobacco Dock's owners, Messila House Ltd, was slapped with an �8,600 fine by Thames magistrates and �1,000 legal costs after being summonsed by Tower Hamlets Council for breaching Health & Safety regulations.

The authority was notified the day after the incident on June 26, 2007. There was a lack of training and instruction to staff on using scaffolds, magistrates were told.