George Ball was working as a pontoon
traffic marshall at the company's port
terminal in Birkenhead, Wirral on 17 September 2017 when the van was reversed off the Stena Lagan vessel onto the
pontoon area by a port service operative.
The vehicle collided with Ball, knocking him to the ground, and continued to reverse over his head and body. He sustained multiple injuries including numerous fractures to his skull and ribs and loss of sight
in one eye. He has been left with double vision in the other eye and suffers ongoing
mental health problems.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) i
nvestigation revealed there was no consideration of physical segregation of pedestrian operatives
from moving vehicles when vessels were being unloaded. Stena Line had
failed to adequately assess the risks to pedestrians from moving vehicles and
consequently put in place effective control measures leading to a safe system
Line pleaded guilty to breaching
s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act for failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of an employee. As well as the fine, it was ordered to pay £6576 in costs.
“The injuries sustained by Mr Ball,
which affect him to this day, were easily preventable," said HSE inspector Rohan Lye after the hearing. "The risks to pedestrians
from moving vehicles is an obvious one which should have been identified and
Stena Line employed suitable control measures, the life changing
physical and emotional injuries which continue to impact Mr Ball and his family
would have been avoided.”