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An employee of North East Stevedoring Company (NESC) was moving stows (small containers) holding loose pipes at Clipper Quay, Aberdeen Harbour on 13 June 2013.
Christopher Smith, Euroline Shipping Company's ship's agent overseeing loading of the cargo onto a vessel, was hit by the pipes as they were taken to a crane at the quayside crane.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that Smith sustained a fracture of the left elbow and fractures of several vertebrae. Since the incident he has been unable to return to work.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that NESC did not have a safe system of work in place, failing to ensure sufficient separation between vehicles and pedestrians at the quay.
HSE inspector Sarah Liversidge said: "The law states dutyholders must ensure the workplace is organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate in a safe manner. NESC failed in that undertaking."
NESC pleaded guilty to breaching Section 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £12,000.
He said: “Vehicle-related accidents are a significant problem in agriculture and one of the biggest killers. Only people who are trained and capable should operate all-terrain vehicles [ATVs] like quad bikes. Every year, on average, we see two deaths and numerous injuries involving ATVs.”Brunt’s call comes after a teenage farmworker was left seriously injured in a quad bike accident.
Complete Demolition had been contracted to demolish a school at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port in Cheshire to make way for a new leisure centre. On 27 November 2013, while the site was being cleared, a skip truck driver reversed into a space that a 40 tonne excavator was vacating. Another worker, who was on foot, was standing in the same area. As the excavator manoeuvred it hit him, knocked him to the ground and ran over his foot.
As we reported last month, reach trucks operated in close proximity to workers who were on foot sorting commercial leaflets at the bundling tables. Here, leaflets were weighed, packed together and put into cages which had to be rolled into storage lanes ready for collection by delivery vehicles.
On 24 December 2014, J. & J Currie was delivering and offloading a vehicle from a trailer at Galloway Forest, when the hydraulic ramp developed a fault and failed to lower.Andrew Adams, who was accompanied by a delivery driver, attempted to carry out a repair by removing a valve. However, this caused hydraulic pressure to be released and the ramp collapsed on the 61 year old.A ratchet strap, used to secure the ramp, also failed due to its poor condition, Ayr Sheriff Court heard.
The victim was an employee of A-Lift Crane Hire, which had been hired by Premier Roofing Systems to supply a crane to lift roofing sheets at food products supplier Virani Foods’ factory of in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.As the sheets were being lifted onto the roof, the employee fell through an unprotected skylight and died as a result of his injuries.The Health and Safety Executive investigated the accident, which happened on 9 August 2013, and found no preventative measures to allow operatives to work safely on the roof.
On the day of the accident a ship delivered frozen fish to Interfish’s Plymouth factory. The shrink-wrapped pallets (each weighing approximately one tonne) were moved by forklift into one of the company’s cold stores. A stack of pallets collapsed after one of the forklift truck drivers noticed it was unsteady and tried to stabilise it by pushing it backwards. No one was injured in this initial fall and three employees were sent into the cold store area to tidy up the fallen boxes.