The Moray Firth has around 25 historic ports and harbours scattered the length of the coastline. It is the northern outlet of the Caledonian Canal system. The majority of these are fishing ports but some, especially in the inner Firths, have been very important for trade and military purposes.
Over the years many accidents have occurred at ports but at least now there is a modern legal system where people who have been injured in accidents at ports that were not their own fault can claim some compensation
Using a specialist lawyer in Moray to claim compensation
We work with an impressive team of specialist lawyers in Moray, as we do with the finest of lawyers all across Scotland. These lawyers are happy to work on a no-win, no-fee basis and are experts at handling port accident claims. Accident Advice Helpline can negotiate impressive sums of money in compensation for this type of accident.
Often accidents in ports involve some kind of musculoskeletal injury. This is an injury to the bones (skeleton) or muscles of the body. Back injuries are especially common and would be dealt with by a specialist lawyer in Moray Firth quite frequently. They can be caused by:
- Poor handling practices
- Repetitive movements
- Excessive forces
The musculoskeletal hazard could arise during several different types of work and you would have to provide your specialist lawyer in Moray Firth with the details of this. Some examples would include the movement of loads by hand or with lifting gear that is not used correctly and the hauling of mooring off large ships.
Your specialist lawyer in Moray Firth would also look at what could have been done to prevent the accident and who could have done it. This is often the way in which liability for an accident is established. A personal injury lawyer would know that the single most important task in preventing back injuries is a comprehensive risk assessment. The risk assessment process is not complicated.
Most port operators would start with a list of all the loading, unloading and manoeuvring tasks that need to be completed. Then they would list of all the potential hazards. Watching a task being undertaken is a good way to start this as is talking to the staff involved. Some tasks are much more hazardous in wet or windy weather so a summer risk assessment may be different to a winter one.
Once the hazards are identified the next step is to identify procedures to eliminate or reduce the risk as far as is possible. The risk assessment then needs to be periodically revised and updated because they very quickly become out of date. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 3rd November 2014
Author: Sharon Parry