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Shipping company fined after serious injury

A shipping firm has been fined after a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver was struck by a paper reel after helping to load onto his trailer.

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The firm was found to have no safety measures in place to keep pedestrians away from vehicles

Jenkins Shipping Company is a specialist stevedores in forest products such as paper in rolls and pallets, wood pulp, timber and plywood. The firm also manages regular shipments of refuse derived fuel such as waste paper.

On September 7th, 2016, an agency HGV worker sustained “several” lower limb fractures when a reel slipped from the clamp attachment of the forklift truck being used to load the reels and struck his lower body and legs.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that although HGV drivers working for Jenkins Shipping Company often helped to load items onto their lorries, there was no safe system in place to keep pedestrians safe when loading onto vehicles.

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

At Liverpool Magistrates Court, the firm pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,306.16.

Commenting on the hearing, HSE inspector Catherine Lyon says: “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.”

Jenkins Shipping Company operates from eight locations in the UK and Ireland with the incident occurring at its Liverpool depot.

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