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Home » Latest News » The risks faced by stevedores, and how companies need to address them.

The risks faced by stevedores, and how companies need to address them.

The risks faced by stevedores, and how companies need to address them.

Stevedoring, the act of loading or unloading cargo from a transporter vessel, can be a very high-risk occupation.

Stevedoring, the act of loading or unloading cargo from a transporter vessel, can be a very high-risk occupation. Bridge McFarland LLP currently assist Nautilus International, the global seafarers union to support injured crew members who are let down by poor standards of health and safety.

Kathryn Hudson is a Personal Injury Solicitor, she leads on maritime law at the firm; “Stevedores face all the risks a regular crew members might along with the additional risks involved in shifting cargo. These people are dealing with extremely heavy loads, ropes, dangerous equipment, heights and toxic chemicals on a daily basis. It is absolutely imperative that businesses are taking all the precautions that they can and following regulations to the book.

“We saw an example that went to court in 2017 where a worker employed by Thor Shipping and Transport UK Ltd fell from a height in the Hull docks due to his employers’ breach of some very important regulations (The Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999). There is simply no excuse for this negligent behaviour. Regulations exist for a reason, and we are so sorry to hear about this sad case”.

While Thor Shipping and Transport UK Ltd have been faced with a fine of £120,000 by the Beverley Magistrates’ Court for their negligence in breaching these rules, that will never make up for the man who, in his 20’s, has now been permanently paralysed from his waist down.

“I would definitely encourage anyone who has been injured while working under dangerous conditions to get in touch with me, particularly with regards to ship workers who I have been specialising in supporting for many years so we can try to reduce, and ideally prevent, people suffering as a result of these accidents.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by an injury at work in the last three years then get in touch with our expert personal injury team based in Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire: https://www.bridgemcfarland.co.uk/personal-injury-solicitors