Worker Killed In London Ferry Fall

Investigation Begins Following Death Of Teenager


Police are investigating after a teenage worker was killed in a workplace incident in south-east London this morning (August 3rd).

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident, which occurred at around 6am when the Woolwich Ferry crew member reportedly fell from the boat after untying mooring ropes in preparation for the start of the service.

It is believed the worker, thought to be 19, was struck by the ferry’s propeller after falling into the water at New Ferry Approach.

The service, operated on behalf of Transport for London by Serco, has been suspended as investigations continue into the fatal incident.

Stephen Nye, a workplace safety specialist at Irwin Mitchell, said: “While only a few details have so far been released about this incident, it is clear that a full assessment is needed of the safety standards in place for the ferry’s workers.

“This terrible incident particularly emphasises how important it is for younger, often inexperienced workers to receive both extensive and vital supervision and training as they enter the world of work.

“Hopefully, the investigations will be able to consider the quality of guidance given to workers involved in boat-related and marine work, with a view to hopefully preventing similar problems in the future.”