Safety Alert: Container Lashing Injury shared by Peel Ports

Published: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 11:06

As part of PSS and Industry Chief Executive priorities for the sector, “Early Information Sharing” is aimed at proactively preventing incidents among members. These are good opportunities for PSS members to proactively review/modify safety control measures and is a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.

The following Safety Alert has been shared by one of our members to raise awareness of wider stakeholder engagement on container lashing injury, the full details attached.

On the 8th of July 2020, a lashing operative was adjusting twistlocks on a fourth-height container in order to allow the container to be lifted. To adjust the twistlock, he had to pull downwards on the lashing equipment (a metal pole known as a “knocking off” stick). The downward movement caused his little finger to become jammed, likely against the steel barrier which was positioned on the vessel walkway/lashing bay area.

Unfortunately, our colleague suffered a painful fracture which later required hospital treatment (an operation to stabilise the bone).

Safety Alert

Suggested Use

Suggested use

Personnel: Please forward this alert on to colleagues in your port environment including management, supervisory, staff and the wider stakeholders including tenants/suppliers on the port estate.

Distribution: These can then be downloaded, printed and posted at various strategic locations such as workshops, notice boards, staff canteens, smoking areas etc to raise awareness about causes and preventive actions.

Discussions: This safety alert can be further utilised to facilitate safety discussions and stimulate employee safety leadership through toolbox talks, leadership 'Walk the talks' and hazard hunts, just to name a few.

More information can be found below

Special thanks to our member Peel Ports for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.


24. Group SB 20 002 Lashing Injury PDF (135.43 KB) Download (135.43 KB)