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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

    Dock worker suffers severe leg injuries


    A dock company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured in an accident at work.

    Andrew Gotts, of Felixstowe in Suffolk suffered multiple fractures and destruction of soft tissue on his lower right leg in the incident at the Port of Harwich on 4 October 2012.

    The 26-year-old was helping to unload containers from a ship using the ship’s crane and chains when one of the containers became jammed.

    He was standing on an access platform on the deck of the ship while his colleagues tried to free the container during a crane manoeuvre.

    But the container moved suddenly towards him, trapping him against the handrail of the platform and crushing his leg.

    Safety failings

    The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Harwich Dock Company for serious safety breaches.

    It found that the company did not have a safe procedure in place for freeing jammed containers.

    There was no clear instruction as to who should be in charge of the operation, ensuring the area was kept clear and controlling the crane movement.

    New guidance has recently been published to help improve the safety of dock workers.

    Leg injury compensation

    Mr Gotts needed extensive reconstruction surgery following the incident and it is not yet known when, or if, he will be fit to return to work.

    Leg injuries can be extremely debilitating, resulting in a loss of earnings, so it is important to seek compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline can lend a hand with such claims, telling you whether you have a valid case and how much you could be entitled to.

    In the case of Mr Gotts, Harwich Dock Company Ltd, of Kings Quay Street, Harwich, was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay £14,761 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    Source: SHP

    Date Published: May 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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