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Health and safety improvements required at Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an improvement notice on Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd (DRDL) for shortfalls in health and safety arrangements.

The notice was served after DRDL failed to demonstrate consistent and effective arrangements to control and monitor the risks associated with working at height at its Devonport site.

‘Work at height’ is a term used in health and safety legislation for activities including work on ladders, scaffold, ropes and mobile platforms.

Under The Work at Height Regulations 2005, duytholders are required to ensure that work at height is properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

ONR has previously raised regulatory concerns around the licensee’s arrangements for working at height and a recent inspection revealed areas where we believe further improvement is necessary. Whilst ONR also found examples of good practice, it was judged that overall insufficient progress has been made in the management of work at height risks.

DRDL must comply with the requirements of the improvement notice by 31 March 2022.


Notes to Editors

• The improvement notice has been served under Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 4(1), and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 5(1).