Grangemouth in Falkirk, Scotland is one of the main ports in the UK let alone just north of the border. Around 9 million tonnes of cargo is handled through its docks every year. There are Codes of Practice which govern the safe handling of freight at docks. This is to ensure that the workers are kept safe and healthy at work and that accidents are avoided as far as is possible.
This prevents workers having to take out a personal injury claim by contacting injury claims solicitors. They can do this via Accident Advice Helpline – a company set up over ten years ago specifically to help people who had been injured in accidents that were not their fault. Here are some of the safety precautions that should be put in place to prevent accidents during the handling of freight at docks and to avoid the need for injury claims solicitors.
Injury claims solicitors in Grangemouth – freight handling
Some people are not sure exactly what freight is. Freight is the term that is often used to describe goods that are being transported. Injury claims in Grangemouth can involve any of the following types of freight:
- Freight containers
Many types of lifting equipment have to be used to move the freight on and off ships as it is obviously too heavy and bulky to be lifted by workers alone. Lifting equipment can be dangerous if strict safety precautions are not adhered to. Some types of lifting equipment that are used at docks and that have the potential to be involved in personal injury cases would be:
- Chain block
- Lifting cradle
- Straddle carrier
- Fork-lift truck
The freight has to be attached to the lifting gear and this is done via a system of slings. It is the employer that has a duty to ensure that the lifting tasks does not pose a risk to the health and safety of the employees.
Injury claims solicitors – pro-active employers
Employers are expected to be proactive – this means that they do not wait for an accident to happen before they change a dangerous practice. To be proactive the employer has to plan and risk assess all lifting operations and put all the necessary arrangements in place to make it safe. This may include collaboration with other organisations and with ships’ captains. Training will also be required as will regular checks and inspections of equipment. The handling of heavy loads has the potential to cause very serious injuries and therefore to give rise to cases for injury claims solicitors in Grangemouth. It is in the employer’s interests to prevent this from happening.
Making a claim
Call Accident Advice Helpline anytime of the day on 0800 689 0500 and have an informal chat about your case. You can use the unique 30-second test to find out if your case has a good chance of being successful. You can then make the decision about going ahead with the claim.
Accident Advice Helpline does not have injury claims solicitors in Grangemouth working directly for them. However, this doesn’t matter, they can still help you. They are a national personal injury law firm that work with accident victims in all areas of the UK. So if you need injury claims solicitors in Grangemouth or anywhere else get in touch!
Date Published: 23rd June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry