Safety Alert: Worker struck by abnormal load during transit
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A haulage contractor lorry was transporting project cargo within a port to the vessel location for onward transportation. It collided with a worker carrying out repairs to a damaged roadside lamp. The lamp had been damaged by the same vehicle / driver on a previous transit.
- Cargo components overhung the trailer, exceeding guidelines, no escort vehicle was in attendance.
- A generic, not task specific, haulage risk assessment was used.
- Route survey failed to identify the potential obstacle.
- Inadequate action from the previous incident.
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We are grateful to Bristol Port Company and PSS for providing details. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others. If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives and any potentially affected third parties as appropriate. Please also review any of your relevant operations for similar hazardous conditions, risks, and controls. Learning content like this is highly valuable as it is based on real-world experience. We encourage everyone with publishable information about incidents to send it to us, so that we can raise awareness across the whole industry. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; sharing your insight could save a life or prevent injury.