Three companies fined after fatal accident

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Three companies have been fined by Hull crown court after a security guard suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by an articulated lorry.

In the incident which took place on 9 September 2015, a security guard employed at the container terminal at Immingham Docks approached a HGV which was entering the gate and walked in front of the vehicle.

The security guard was not visible to the driver on approach or when he walked in front of the vehicle and he was dragged underneath as it turned towards a warehouse, he sustained multiple injuries and died at the scene.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Associated British Ports and DFDS Seaways PLC had both failed to carry out suitable workplace transport risk assessments, and had not considered the risks posed by vehicles when entering and leaving the gate area.

Associated British Ports required the security guard to stop traffic and check pedestrians and vehicles entering the terminal but failed to provide the proper measures to do so safely, with no signage telling drivers to stop and no safe facilities for the guard.

ICTS UK LTD failed to provide adequate training and had not considered the risks of stopping traffic without any physical protective measures in place.

All three companies pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Associated British Ports of London were fined £750,750 with a further £9,871 in costs. DFDS Seaways PLC of Immingham was fined £166,670 with £9,766 costs and ICTS UK Ltd of London was fined £500,000 with a further £9,338 in costs.

Jeremy Sirrell a partner at Palmers and health and safety expert said:  “The failings of these three organisations to carry out the necessary protective measures have resulted in a terrible accident which so easily could have been avoided.

“This incident highlights the importance of carrying out the required health and safety measures”

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