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Agency HGV driver’s fractures land NI shipping firm £30k fine

A shipping firm must pay nearly £40,000 after a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver sustained several lower limb fractures after being struck by a paper reel which was being loaded on to his trailer.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court. Photo © Stephen Richards (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Liverpool Magistrates' Court. Photo © Stephen Richards (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 7 September 2016, an agency driver working for Jenkins Shipping Company at its Liverpool depot, was assisting in the loading of the paper reels onto his HGV trailer when a reel slipped from the clamp attachment of the forklift truck, which was being used for the loading. The reel struck his lower body and legs, causing the injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that HGV drivers who worked for the firm regularly assisted with loading operations by either holding back the curtain of the trailer or strapping the reels ready for transit, placing individuals either near the drop zone or moving vehicles. Jenkins Shipping Company failed to have a safe system of work in place to keep pedestrians and vehicles separated during the loading.

Jenkins Shipping Company, of West Bank Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £30,000 and must pay £7,306 costs.

HSE inspector Catherine Lyon said: “By ensuring a suitable safe system of work was in place and implemented, the life-changing injuries sustained by the HGV driver could have been avoided. Suitable safe systems include ensuring that pedestrians are located in a safe area, away from moving vehicles and falling loads.”


Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton was previously acting editor of IOSH Magazine. Before that he was editor of SHP and he has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner


  • As an Hgv driver you nee

    Permalink Submitted by Mark Senior on 16 July 2019 - 07:18 am

    As an Hgv driver you need to be able to strap the load as you go. Sites that don't allow you to can be a nightmare or impossible to secure your load which will get the driver fined. It's all about fines in this country


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