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Shipping company fined after a fall from height left worker with life changing injuries

January 25, 2020

Thor Shipping and Transport UK have been fined £120,000 after a dock worker fell 3.4 metres and has been left with life changing injuries. 



The incident took place on 15th May 2017, when the worker who was employed as a stevedores (a person employed at a dock to load and unload ships) was inspecting all the cargo (from port to starboard) when he went to step on an access ladder gap. His hi-vis jacket became caught on an bolt attached to the railings next to him, he attempted to use his hands to free the jacket, as he did so he lost his footing and fell to the bottom of the ships hold. As a result, the 28 year old worker was left paralysed from the waist down. 


During the HSE investigation, investigators found that it was common practice for stevedores to step over the access ladder gap on the walkway to help speed up the process. The investigation found that the incident could have been easily preventable if the workers had proper training and equipment whilst working at height. 


Following the investigation, Thor Shipping and Transport UK Ltd were fined £120,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and to Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. 


*Falls from height is still the biggest killer for work related death*


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