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Agency worker fall costs Yusen £11,000 penalty

  • 16 July 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Yusen Logistics (UK) has been fined £11,000 after an agency worker fell from a loading ramp at the firm’s site on the Isle of Grain in Kent.

In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Medway Magistrates Court was told that the warehouse operative, aged 49 and from Sittingbourne, suffered a broken thigh bone in the 1.5m fall as he was unloading fridges from a trailer-mounted shipping container in November 2013.

He was unable to return to work for three months.

The court was told the containers had to be unloaded while mounted on a trailer if they arrived at the Thamesport site by road, with sea-arriving containers unloaded at ground level.

HSE found the workers were using a new unloading ramp, but discovered it had not had the additional edge protection guarding fitted that the company’s other two ramps had.

As a result, the injured man had limited protection from the fall when he lost his balance while helping unload the fridges.
Yusen was also ordered to pay £1,067 in costs after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Rob Hassell said: “This incident and the worker’s subsequent painful injury were entirely preventable. Yusen Logistics failed to make sure the new ramp was fitted with additional edge protection, despite the fact it had two ramps with this type of essential guarding installed.”

A spokeswoman for Yusen Logistics (UK) said: “Yusen Logistics treats health and safety very seriously and has taken
on board the comments from the HSE.

“The injured party has thankfully substantially recovered and has returned to work at the company.”


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