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Ports and Logistics e-bulletin issue No.1: May 2012

Welcome to the HSE Ports and logistics eBulletin

The aim of this eBulletin is to provide you with a free regular update of news and information from the Health and Safety Executive to keep you informed of the latest issues affecting the ports and logistics industries.

You will find brief information on a number of topics or issues, each linking to more detailed articles on our website - simply click on the links to read the full text or to access the linked documents.

We will issue eBulletins on a regular basis to share information on latest developments and sometimes to highlight a specific topic or area of interest. We welcome feedback, contributions or suggestions for future articles – please get in touch via [email protected].

Please feel free to use this information and pass it on, using your own networks.

Ports and Logistics Strategy Meeting, 29 March 2012

The Logistics Strategy has been developed by HSE, industry, worker representatives and other stakeholders over the last year to support HSE’s Health and Safety of Great Britain Strategy ‘Be part of the solution.

The aim is to focus and target resource at the greatest health and safety challenges in the next 3-5 years; and to deliver continuous improvement in the health and safety performance of the road haulage, post and parcel courier services and ports industries – the Logistics industry.

The Strategy takes into account the context within which an industry operates, including factors such as size, demographics, fatality, injury, ill health rates and potential future risks to define key health and safety issues.

The meeting was convened to secure agreement that the scope of the Strategy was right and to get commitment to take responsibility for delivery.

We will keep you updated with developments.

Updated Logistics Sector Statistics

An updated report examining the accidents reported across the logistics sector over a five-year period from 2006/07 to 2010/11 is now available on the HSE Logistics Website.

Proposals To Remove The Docks Regulations 1988

HSE is currently consulting on the removal of fourteen legislative measures, including the Docks Regulations 1988 and Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960. The consultation is open until 4 July 2012, and we would welcome your comments.

New HSL Guide now available for purchase - Load Safe, Road Safe

HSL have recently published Load Safe, Road Safe - A Professional Driver's Guide to Safe Loading and Transport.

Driving a commercial vehicle is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK. This guide provides simple, straightforward advice on safe loading and transport in general haulage. It explains why loads move during transport, and what you can do to stop it happening. It also gives examples of ways to secure different types of load and sets out what your legal responsibilities are in relation to load safety and what you can do to make sure you're complying with them. This guidance is available for purchase from the HSL website.

European Campaign on Working together for risk prevention: leadership and worker participation in occupational safety and health

European Campaign on Working together for risk prevention: leadership and worker participation in occupational safety and health

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work - EU-OSHA – has launched the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-2013. 'Working together for risk prevention' focuses on the twin concepts of management leadership and worker participation in Occupational Safety and Health. In the UK the title translates more accurately as 'working together on risk management'.

The campaign highlights leadership and worker participation as two key factors that contribute to effective management of work related health and safety risks.  ‘Effective risk management’ describes more accurately the campaign objective rather than ‘prevention’, a term used more widely in this context in other parts of Europe.

RIDDOR Reporting Change

As of 6 April 2012, RIDDOR’s over-three-day injury reporting requirement has changed. The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over-three day-injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough. The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to fifteen days from the day of the accident.

A new leaflet Reporting accidents and incidents at work explains the change.

Myth Busters Challenge Panel

"Health and Safety" is often incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop what are essentially sensible activities going ahead. HSE has set up an independent panel – the Myth Busters Challenge Panel - to scrutinize such decisions.

This Panel will look into complaints regarding the advice given by non-regulators such as insurance companies, health and safety consultants and employers and, quickly assess if a sensible and proportionate decision has been made. We want to make clear that "health and safety" is about managing real risks properly, not being risk averse and stopping people getting on with their lives.

Recent HSE Prosecutions

Shipyard fined after apprentice fell from scaffolding - An apprentice worker was badly injured after he fell off scaffolding which was not properly secured at Pendennis Shipyard Ltd in Falmouth.

Worker’s leg amputated following forklift incident - A Cardiff-based cargo company has been fined after a lorry driver had part of his leg amputated after being struck by a reversing forklift truck.

Firm fined after driver impaled on steel tube - A Darlington engineering firm was today fined after a delivery driver was seriously injured when a steel bar penetrated his chest.

Yorkshire trailer firm fined £100,000 over driver's death - A worker died when a six-metre steel machine landed on top of him after it was dislodged from overhead brackets at a factory in East Yorkshire.

Can you help us? We would like to hear your health and safety case studies

Ports and logistics case studies on the HSE website provide real world examples of practical health and safety improvements that can benefit both workers and business.

We would like to hear our readers case studies - either real incidents with real consequences for those involved or practical examples of how managing health and safety has benefited your business and workforce.

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to tell us your stories. We will aim to put the best ones on the website.

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