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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Dangerous careers: Dock worker


    A dock worker performs an extremely dangerous job in difficult conditions. The loading and unloading of container vessels presents a number of risks and can result in some of the following injuries and accidents:

    • Falls from height
    • Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Slips, trips and falls ­
    • Repetitive Strain Injury

    Falls from height

    Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities. Many activities carried out during routine operation or maintenance can result in a fall from height. A fall from height at a dock could also result in drowning. Before any work is carried out at height, a risk assessment should be carried out and the appropriate measures enacted.

    Slips, trips & falls

    Over a quarter of all reported accidents at docks are slips & trips and falls. This is typified by working on uneven, wet or icy surfaces in adverse weather conditions. Slips & trips can be avoided through a combination of ‘good housekeeping’ i.e. appropriate monitoring and reporting systems, and by the wearing of appropriate footwear.

    Repetitive Strain Injury

    Repetitive Strain Injury occurs when a continuous load is placed on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time. Lifting heavy loads can increase the chances of suffering a repetitive strain injury.

    Musculoskeletal disorders

    Muscoloskeletal disorders often arise as the result of improper lifting or handling technique. It is important to adhere to the appropriate health & safety measures when lifting/manoeuvring any goods. In addition, whole-body vibration may occur as the result of using machinery on site.

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    Are you a dock worker? Have you been injured at work and someone else was to blame? You could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation.

    Choosing Accident Advice Helpline

    By choosing Accident Advice Helpline, you can rest assured that your claim is safe in the hands of one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation. Freephone 0800 689 0500 for more information on how to make a 100% no-win-no-fee claim. Our lines are open 24/7 and our friendly, competent advisors will not place you under any obligation to proceed with any claims that may be discussed. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have the potentially daunting prospect of facing an employer in court.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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