Crane Accidents

Crane Driver Hurt in Seaforth Dock Accident


A DOCK worker was seriously hurt after a 40ft container carrier he was driving fell over.

The 29-year-old worker, named locally as Andrew Jones, received head and arm injuries in the fall at Seaforth docks, and was left trapped in the cab of his “straddle carrier”, a kind of mobile crane.

Emergency workers managed to remove him from the wrecked machine within half an hour of the accident, just after 9am yesterday, at the Peel-owned Royal Seaforth Container Terminal.

He was taken to Fazakerley Hospital by paramedics, who said he was fully conscious at the time.

All operations at the port were suspended until 11am, leading to a build-up of HGV traffic on a lay-by parallel with the Seaforth flyover.

A spokesman for Fazakerley Hospital said last night: “He has been kept in overnight for observation.”

ŠA Port of Liverpool spokesman said: “Port operations were suspended while the injured plant operator was attended to by emergency services and then transferred to hospital.

“A full and detailed investigation is now under way to ascertain the cause of the incident.”

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive confirmed they would be sending an investigator and looking into what caused the accident.

But a dock worker, who asked not to be named, told The Daily Post that health and safety was already a concern at the site, and Peel had only recently taken to maintaining the carriers, which were previously maintained by sub-contractors.

He said: “These straddle carriers have to be maintained every 2,000 hours of their working life.

“They are taken in for one and a half weeks of maintenance where they are basically stripped down and rebuilt.

“For years, that has been carried out by companies under contract like Carrylift Ltd and Briggs Equipment.

“But, in March, Peel took maintenance in-house and now we have this.”

Peel last night confirmed they took the maintenance of straddle carriers back in-house at the end of February.

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