Employers should keep abreast of the guidance from the HSE – by following these regulations closely employers can reduce their risk for liability and more importantly reduce the risk of injury to their employees
(PRWeb UK) February 2, 2011
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the re-launch of their docks website, ‘Health and Safety in Ports’ to provide an improved resource of guidelines and legal requirements for the industry. As workers are often surrounded by large cargoes & machinery in a busy environment and often have to communicate with workers from overseas, this is an industry that requires health and safety to be taken very seriously as it is commonplace for injuries at work to occur. The site re-launch highlights the main causes of injuries and illnesses in the huge UK industry which involves a lot of manual work and operation of equipment.
The type of professions within this sector are considered to have higher risk of injuries, with the Health and Safety Executive Statistics 09/10 report stating that “skilled trades along with plant and machine operatives have injury rates which are statistically significantly higher than average.”
The new Health and Safety in Ports website lists that the main topics of injuries which include lifting operations, falls from height and slips and trips. The HSE report published in December 2008 – “Accidents in the Docks Industry – An analysis of statistics from 2005/06 to 2007/2008p” backs this up, reporting that in 07/08, 61% of injuries within the docks industry arose from handling or slips, trips and falls.
Michael Jefferies, Managing Partner of accident claims firm, First Personal Injury, says that “often the reason that these injuries occur is negligence on the employer’s or an employee’s part. In particular, we find that incidents arise when there has been a lack of training, the equipment is faulty or carelessness of a colleague.
“In fact we handled a particular case where the client worked in a port which was icy and hadn’t been fully gritted. He slipped on the ice, straining his groin. Subsequently he suffered from arthritis and had to undergo a total hip replacement.”
Employers within the docks industry should ensure safety guidelines are followed to reduce the risk of accidents at work. For example, to reduce the number of falls from height, the HSE advises employers to “choose the right work equipment and select collective measures to prevent falls such as guardrails and working platforms.”
There are a wide variety of regulations created with the aim of avoiding accidents at work – Jefferies adds “Employers should keep abreast of the guidance from the HSE – by following these regulations closely employers can reduce their risk for liability and more importantly reduce the risk of injury to their employees”.
About First Personal Injury
First Personal Injury is a trading name of Jefferies LLP one of the UK's leading personal injury law firms. Jefferies LLP has over 16 years experience in personal injury accident claims. They have won justice and personal injury compensation for tens of thousands of people all over the country from its base in Altrincham, South Manchester. The firm deals with all levels of personal injury claims - from minor to catastrophic.
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