Three companies fined after security guard killed

Associated British Ports, DFDS Seaways PLC and ICTS (UK) Ltd have been fined after a security guard was fatally injured when he was struck by an articulated vehicle on September 9th 2015.

Hull Crown Court heard how a security guard employed at the container terminal at Immingham Docks approached a HGV which was entering a gate. He walked in front of the vehicle. The guard was not visible to the driver, either on approach to the vehicle or as he walked in front of it when he was dragged underneath when the truck turned towards a warehouse. The guard sustained multiple injuries and died at the scene.

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

Associated British Ports required the security guard at the gate to stop traffic and check pedestrians and vehicles entering the terminal but failed to provide means to do so safely as there was no signage indicating drivers should stop and report to security, and no safe facilities.

ICTS (UK) Ltd were found to have failed to provide adequate training, and the risks of stopping traffic without any physical protective measures in place had not been considered.

Associated British Ports pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £750,750 with £9,781.52 costs. DFDS Seaways pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £166,670 with £9,766.02 costs. ICTS (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £500,000 with £9,338.82 costs.