Worker seriously injured by a falling load

Published: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 15:47

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 a Suspended Load Operation, the full details attached.



On 17 December 2018 an employee was seriously injured because a conveyor belt roll fell out of a crane. The investigation revealed that the extension of hoisting strap was not clearly described in the supplier's user manual.

In consultation with the supplier and the manufacturer, the user manual has been adapted to the way in which hoisting strap may be extended.


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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 on the incident, lesson learned and any actions that were taken can be found below

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


1441Falling conveyer belt leads to injury (003) PDF (194 KB) Download (194 KB)
Load falls out of crane additional to RS 20-06-19 PDF (91.49 KB) Download (91.49 KB)