A man was involved in an accident at work when he fell from the trailer bed of a lorry.
Kenneth Morrison was in the process of securing a load when he took a misstep climbing down from the vehicle.
He sustained minor injuries to the head and ended up in hospital.
His employers, TDC (Aberdeen), were fined after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company did not plan for the potential hazards of working under these circumstances.
As a result, no measures had been taken to stop accidents like this one from happening.
Accident Advice Helpline are injury solicitors who specialise in winning workplace accident compensation for people involved in incidents like this.
Mr Morrison was using ratchet straps to secure the load in the back of the vehicle. He held on to the straps to steady himself as he stepped backwards over the lorry’s side boards. He planned on using the side crash bar as a step to lower himself to the ground.
The strap came loose, causing him to fall backwards, hitting the ground.
Could have been worse
Sarah Forbes, an inspector for the HSE, said Mr Morrison was fortunate that the injuries he suffered were not more serious.
She said the consequences of the accident “could easily have been worse”, adding that it could have been avoided in the first place if the firm had ensured its workers were sufficiently protected from the risks attached to their jobs.
The investigation found that TDC (Aberdeen) had not provided its workforce with any training, information or instruction on how to safely secure loads.
It concluded that a lack of supervision, in addition to a lack of training, had led employees to come up with their own methods of working.
The company, of Bankhead Industrial Estate, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty at Aberdeen Sheriff Court of breaching health and safety regulations. It was fined £5,000.
Following the accident the engineering services firm has run a task-specific risk assessment and put in place safeguards to ensure similar accidents do not happen again.
Source: Evening Express
Date Published: June 21, 2014
Author: David Brown