In 2008, a Chinese vessel moored at the Port of Felixstowe broke free during high winds and smashed into the dockside, causing two giant cranes to crash. Although creating dramatic pictures, this Port of Felixstowe accident could have been much worse and luckily nobody was hurt, but the port was closed until it could be made safe again.
Is the Port of Felixstowe accident prone?
Not necessarily, but ports are dangerous places, with heavy plant, machinery and goods on the move all the time; workers need to have their wits about them. As the UK’s largest and busiest container port, Felixstowe on the eastern coast of the UK is exposed to the worst weather conditions thrown at it from the North Sea and beyond. The dock is regularly closed because of high winds because safety must be top priority at all times.
In 2011, an operational shift won the annual John Bubb Safety Trophy, to reward them for their effectiveness in reducing accidents by 15%, thereby spinning some good news for the Port of Felixstowe accident safety record. The Port employs its own team of safety specialists and has been awarded the OHSAS 18001 Safety Standard (Occupational Health and Safety Standard) certificate.
Accidents at work
All ports are dangerous, but Felixstowe attracts more publicity because of its sheer size and from the huge numbers, statistically it is going to be vulnerable to more accidents than smaller ports. If you work in any industry involving handling of goods with heavy plant and machinery or in warehousing and you suffer an accident which was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation under the employers’ liability insurance. Typical accidents include being hit by moving plant or machinery, falling from a height, or back injury from mishandling of goods, inadequate lifting gear or lifting from the wrong posture. A hazard for baggage handlers are suitcases which are too heavy and usually these days these are marked with a warning label.
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Date Published: 22nd August 2013
Author: Emma Matthews