In a recent incident a cargo handling company, based in Aberdeen, received a fine from the HSE when an employee was hurt at work.
In the incident a forklift truck was carrying a container full of loose pipes. As the pipes were being transported one of them struck an employee in the lower back. His elbow was fractured as was several vertebrae in his lower back. Though the incident took place in 2013, he has yet to return to work, which shows the extent of his injuries.
The HSE investigated the incident and found that the employer, The North East Stevedoring Company, had not ensured that there was enough space between vehicles and pedestrians, which allowed the incident to occur.
They also did not exclude pedestrians from the work area, or denote specific walkways for pedestrians to use. Essentially, there was no safe system of work in place, which inevitably led to an employee getting injured.
The court found that it was the responsibility of NESC to provide these walkways and was ultimately responsible for their employees. Subsequently they were fined £12,000.
The most frustrating thing for all involved in this case is that this incident could have easily been involved if a decent Health & Safety inspector had been used. Designated walkways are very basic requirements, and would have been spotted immediately by a qualified inspector, like the ones at OJ Health and Safety.
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