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Self-employed Diver Sentenced for Falsifying Diving Medical Certificate

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A man has been sentenced after supplying falsified diving medical certificates to a diving company in 2016.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that Daniel Tennant did not hold a valid medical certificate of fitness to dive. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that in 2016 the defendant was in possession of a certificate closely resembling a genuine certificate but which had been altered to display a false expiry date.

The defendant subsequently produced the falsified certificate to enter into a contract to provide his services as a commercial diver.

Daniel Andrew Tennant of Bondgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire pleaded guilty to six breaches of Regulation 12 (1)(b) of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 and one breach of Section 33 (1)(m) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

He has been sentenced to 32 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 150 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of £12,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Bill Elrick commented: “Daniel Tennant undertook diving work while using a falsified fitness to dive certificate.

“Divers should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action if they are in possession of or use a falsified fitness to dive certificate.”

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Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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