This is from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health: Reducing the number of people injured or killed when working in loading bays is the aim of a new initiative, launched today (13 September 2012). The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health s (IOSH) Retail and Distribution Group have teamed up with the Freight Transport Association (FTA), to produce the Loading Dock Safety Guide , with the aim of helping employers to understand the risks and possible interventions. Steve Clark, chair of IOSH s Retail and Distribution Group, said: Accidents, when they occur on loading bays, can have fatal consequences.
Back in August 2011, the West Hordon depot of Tuffnells Parcel Express, was fined after a warehouse porter s head was crushed by a lorry reversing into a loading bay. Although the employee survived, it s accidents like these that we are trying to combat. Great Britain s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that 15 per cent of all reported workplace transport injuries happen during unloading and loading.
Of these injuries 37 per cent involve drivers of the vehicle, and 20 per cent are accounted for by workers unloading or loading goods. Sally Thornley, director of compliance at the Freight Transport Association, added: We have worked in conjunction with IOSH to produce a guide that helps employers address the key risks at the loading dock/vehicle interface. This publication is an excellent example of industry bodies working together to tackle issues and share good practice guidance by industry, for industry.
Representatives from the retail and distribution industry are set to attend the launch of the Guide at a networking event held at Donington Park. The event will feature talks from the FTA, ASDA supermarkets and the HSE. The 32-page Loading Dock Safety Guide covers an array of topics including risk assessment, creep control measures and provides a number of checklists to keep risks at bay.
Free copies of the guide can be downloaded from http://www.fta.co.uk/ You can contact our company at Byrne & Co Solicitors on 0800 0856 779 to discuss an accident at work or any other personal injury claim.
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