Several members of the team of personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline work on claims that have arisen from seaside towns and ports such as Seahouses. These lawyers are experts in handling cases that arise from accidents in ports. Accident Advice Helpline can negotiate sizeable sums of compensation for this type of accident where the injured worker was not to blame for what happened.
A musculoskeletal injury is any injury to the bones (skeleton) or muscles of the body. They frequently involve back injuries and can be caused by:
- Poor handling practices;
- Repetitive movements; and
- Excessive forces.
Hazards at ports
A musculoskeletal case or case from any port could arise because of:
- Moving loads by hand or using lifting gear incorrectly;
- Incidents with twist locks or unlocking poles;
- Inappropriate lifting of lashing bars;
- Handling palettes;
- Handling goods in a warehouse; or
- Hauling mooring off large ships.
Preventing accidents at ports
The main way in which injuries can be prevented is to thoroughly risk assess the activity. This takes some forward planning and some careful thought, but is not complicated. It usual starts with a list of all the loading, unloading and manoeuvring tasks that need to be competed, then a complete list of all the potential hazards is compiled. It is a good idea to watch the task being undertaken whilst doing this and talk in detail to the staff involved. Some tasks may be more hazardous in certain weather conditions, so the risk assessment may be different in the summer months to the winter months.
Once the hazards have been identified, you can work on identifying procedures that would eliminate or reduce the risk as far as is possible. This may involve the introduction of alternative working practices or additional equipment. Risk assessments should be continually revised and updated.
If you have suffered a musculoskeletal injury when working in a port, it is likely that something has gone wrong with a risk assessment, or there may not be one at all. This is the time when you are entitled to contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and ask us to help you start a claim for compensation. We can help you to get money for the musculoskeletal injury itself and the money that you have lost because of your injury.
We have a scheme that is called no win no fee* – this means that we will not ask you for any upfront legal costs to get your case up and running. You will also not have to attend any lawyer’s meetings, as most cases are handled over the phone – you may need to attend one medical assessment appointment.