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Ports fined over worker's death

Cargo handler Brian Vince
Cargo handler Brian Vince was struck by a reversing trailer

A port operator has been fined £266,000 after a worker at a Suffolk port was struck by a vehicle and died.

Cargo handler Brian Vince, 60, was servicing a roll-on roll-off ferry at Ipswich when he was struck by a reversing trailer in 2007.

Associated British Ports (ABP), the largest port operator in the UK, admitted health and safety breaches, at Ipswich Magistrates' Court.

It was also ordered to pay costs of just under £75,000.

The court heard Mr Vince was standing on a bridge, between the ferry and the quayside, coordinating vehicles on and off the ferry, when the incident happened.

He died at the scene on 30 March.

After the case, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said ABP was prosecuted for failing to ensure workers were not exposed to risk, and for failing to ensure a safe system of work for the roll-on roll-off operation.

HSE inspector Kaitav Patel said: "The company had identified the risks to the ramp man, yet failed to prevent him being in a position of danger behind a reversing vehicle.

"Employers in all industries must ensure that the interaction between moving vehicles and pedestrians in the workplace is managed properly."

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