Fionnphort is the principal port of the Ross of Mull in Scotland. It is also the base of the ferry service between mainland Scotland and Iona and the stopping point for boat trips to Staffa. The process of loading and unloading containers and passengers from ferries is a very safe and well organised operation. However, accidents can sometimes occur and people can get hurt through no fault of their own.
If it can be shown that an employee or member of the public has been hurt because of something that an employer or ferry operator did or failed to do, then they may be able to start a claim for compensation. Normally, you would look for a personal injury solicitor in Fionnphort to do this. However, Fionnphort is a very small place (around 100 residents) and so finding compensation claim solicitors in Fionnphort with wide expertise of shipping claims is not going to be easy!
Compensation claim solicitors in Fionnphort
So what do people who need compensation claim solicitors in Fionnphort do? They contact Accident Advice Helpline. They are a large, national legal firm who will be able to handle your claim over the phone so you won’t even have to leave Fionnphort to get the whole thing sorted out.
One of the factors that your personal injury solicitor may be looking at is if a lack of lighting contributed to your accident. Here’s some more information.
Preventing personal injury shipping claims by providing suitable lighting
There is a scientific way of measuring how bright an area of lighting is – it is achieved using a light meter and is measured in lux. Guidelines suggest that a lighting level of at least 20 lux should be provided in situations where people are working although there will always be exceptions to that rule.
The brightness of the light is not the only factor that is important. It is always best to provide lighting that is constant and uniform. This means that employees and members of the public do not have to move between bright and dim light. When goods are being unloaded, the lighting levels must be bright enough for employees to clearly see any leakages or damage to the freight that they are unloading.
Adequate lighting is also needed to allow workers to see warning signs on containers – these signs could be alerting freight handlers to a particular danger.
Just simply providing lighting is not enough – it has to be properly checked and maintained. There should be a clear system that identifies exactly who is responsible for doing this and setting out who has the responsibility for rectifying faults when they are detected.
Overall, a shipping injury claim can easily be prevented by properly risk assessing all of the work tasks and then putting safety procedures in place to ensure that accidents do not happen.
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If you have been injured and need to claim, call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 today.
Date Published: 16th May 2014
Author: Sharon Parry