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    DELIVERY DRIVER FELL COLLECTING PALLET OF BRICKS

    Sheeting required despite lack of fall prevention measures

    Denholm Global Logistics Ltd has been fined for safety failings after a lorry driver fell from a flat-bed trailer at a company warehouse in Felixstowe.

    The 60 year-old worker fractured his hip in three places and needed two steel pins inserted to help repair the damage following the incident on 6 February 2013.

    Ipswich Magistrates heard (29 April) that the driver was collecting pallets of bricks from the warehouse for onward transport. He was required to cover and secure the load to his flat-bed trailer with a protective sheet.

    He was walking along the edge of the trailer to pull the sheet across when he slipped and fell 1.5 metres to the ground. HSE investigators found that more could and should have been done to prevent his fall. The space occupied by the load prevented the trailer edge protection barriers being raised.

    HSE issued an enforcement notice requiring measures in place to prevent workers falling in similar circumstances. The company complied by providing two full length gantry platforms designed to fit down the side of the trailer and provide edge protection for working on the trailers of this type.

    Protection lacking for visiting drivers

    Denholm Global Logistics Ltd of Unit 6, Dooley Road, Felixstowe, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £4,285 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Edward Crick, said:

    “This worker has suffered significant injuries because Denholm Global Logistics Ltd did not provide any form of protection to safeguard visiting drivers from falling from the trailers.

    Their policy was to ensure that flatbed trailer loads were sheeted. They provided a dedicated area to do this, but failed to provide anything to prevent falls.

    They complied with an Improvement Notice requiring this, and had this measure been in place at the time, these injuries would have been prevented.”

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