Safety Alert: Timber stacking in ports
The second row of four rows of timber stacked quayside fell, hitting row one. Thankfully, the first row did not then also fall, but this could have resulted in serious injuries to workers and machinery in the area.
The timber had not been block-stacked, resulting in wide gaps between rows
Roundwood was not squared-off at regular intervals
Stacks created outside of the reach of stevedores handling machinery
Hauliers did not stop work and rectify the spacing of stanchions at time of stacking
Members who handle timber cargoes are reminded to review their procedures on timber handling, noting that risk assessments should always be undertaken, and appropriate control measures introduced to ensure safe working for all.
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