Stena Line Ltd fined over employee injury

Stena Line has pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety At Work Act after an employee sustained serious injuries when he was struck by a van being reversed out of RoRo vessel.

On September 17th 2017 a pontoon traffic marshal working for Stena Line Ltd was struck by a 3.5 tonne delivery van at the company’s port terminal in Birkenhead, Wirral, Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard (IMN, September 20th 2017). The van was being reversed off Passenger/Cargo RoRo Stena Lagan (IMO 9329849) onto the pontoon area by a port service operative. After the vehicle knocked down George Ball, the vehicle reversed over his head and body, causing multiple injuries that included numerous fractures to his skull, ribs and other bones and the loss of sight in one eye. The victim has been left with double vision in the other eye and ongoing mental health problems.

A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found there was no consideration of physical segregation of pedestrian operatives from moving vehicles when vessels were being unloaded. Stena Line Ltd was found to have failed to assess adequately the risks to pedestrians from moving vehicles, As a result, the investigation said, there was a lack of effective control measures leading to a safe system of work. Stena Line Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,576.15. 2005-built, UK-flagged, 27,510 gt Stena Lagan is owned by Stena Ropax Ltd care of manager Stena Line Ltd, Holyhead, UK. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Stena Ropax Ltd.