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David Banks hurt both of his knees when he fell around two metres from faulty scaffolding while working for Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth in April 2011.
Mr Banks - who was 19 at the time of the incident - was stripping away an enclosure of plastic tenting from the first level of some scaffolding when the surface tipped, causing him to fall to the dock floor below.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that his employer had failed to properly secure the scaffolding in place, meaning it was unsafe and unfit for purpose.
Pendennis Shipyard subsequently admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, meaning Mr Banks could seek damages.
HSE inspector Melissa Lai-Hung commented: "This incident could easily have had much more serious consequences for Mr Banks."
Posted by Emily Swanson
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