A Liverpool port operating company has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a load falling from two fork lift trucks (FLTs) at the Port of Liverpool in Seaforth.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that , three agency workers performing work for the Company were loading bundles of rebar onto HGV trailers for onward transfer. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no suitable risk assessment relating to the hazards arising from loading bundles of rebar onto reversing flatbed trailers had been carried out. The tandem FLT lifting operation was also not properly planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner.

The company based in Liverpool pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,593.55.

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure they provide safe methods of working and a safe working environment. If suitable controls had been in place the serious physical injuries sustained by this worker could easily have been prevented.”

Full details: https://press.hse.gov.uk/2019/09/23/port-operator-sentenced-after-worker-seriously-injured-during-loading-operation/?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=press-pw-2709&utm_content=port-operator