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In the early morning of 2 November 2017, the worker was walking across the depot at Burntwood Business Park, near Cannock in Staffordshire, when he was struck by the reversing vehicle. He was pinned to the ground and his colleagues had to use a pallet truck to free him. He suffered serious fractures to his arm and soft tissue injuries to his legs and was off work for several months…

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In a busy warehouse environment, pedestrians and vehicles will invariably need to move around the workplace. It’s important to have competent advice to hand to critically assess these types of operation and for management to act on recommendations made. Primarily this will consist in looking at the design and layout of the premises to see if segregation may be fully achieved and will be the most desirable as this may help eliminate hazards.

Segregation through the use of barriers or cordons to prevent impact will also be valid, and all of this should be underpinned by effective staff training in procedures that need to be followed to keep pedestrians safe.

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A shipping company was fined for safety breaches after a worker was paralysed from the waist down when he fell 3.4 metres to the bottom of a ships hold. Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that on 15 May 2017, the 28-year-old worker, a stevedores employed by Thor Shipping and Transport UK Ltd, was unloading Merchant Vessel Frej at No 3 Quay, Hull Docks. He lost his footing and fell through an access ladder gap in the walkway…

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NICK BRUTON

This is an example of a fall from height that may initially may not be perceived as one – the work was being undertaken at floor level and involved a fall through an opening. It’s therefore vital that less obvious hazards are considered and appropriate controls are put into place. Competent advice can help identify possible solutions here, preferably by eliminating the risk of falling from height or by helping implement safe systems of work.

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A Lewisham company director has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after an employee was crushed to death by a glazing panel. Han Rao, of Naomi Street in Lewisham, was today, January 30, convicted of the offence at the Old Bailey, whilst he and his company were also found guilty of health and safety violations…

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NICK BRUTON

In this tragic and entirely preventable incident, it is apparent that no health and safety management system existed in any form. An aggravating factor in the case is likely to have been the Directors failure to act on the warnings he was given and to listen to the concerns that had been raised by his own members of staff. This was an inherently unsafe way of working, and a suitable and risk assessment of the process would have highlighted this clearly enough to identify that alternative safe ways of work were required.