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Truck driver injured falling from a lorry trailer bed

  • 02 July 2014
  • By Roger Brown

An engineering services company has been fined £5,000 after a worker was injured when he fell from the trailer bed of a lorry at its premises in Aberdeen.

In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told how Kenneth Morrison was working at the TDC (Aberdeen) site in March 2012.

Morrison, 61 at the time, a storeman and driver for the firm, had secured a load in the back of the lorry using ratchet straps.
He took hold of the strap to steady himself as he stepped backwards over the side boards of the lorry, intending to use the side crash bar as a step down to the ground. However, the strap came loose, he lost his footing stepping down from the vehicle, and fell backwards onto the ground below.

Morrison suffered minor head injuries and was taken to hospital but discharged the same day.

He returned to work a few days later and has made a full recovery. An HSE investigation revealed TDC (Aberdeen) had failed to identify the risk of falls from vehicles and had not considered work on the lorries in that context to be a hazard.

As a result, no control measures had been put in place. Employees had also not been given any training, information or instruction on how to carry out the task safely and a lack of supervision meant that they had each devised their own way of working.

Since the incident the company has carried out a task-specific risk assessment and introduced a number of simple safeguards.

TDC (Aberdeen) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.  

Following the case, HSE Inspector Sarah Forbes, said: “Thankfully Mr Morrison’s injuries were not as serious as they could have been – it could easily have been worse.”


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