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Better management practices urged to safeguard people at ports and terminals

MANILA, Phill.–A detailed analysis of the root causes of insurance claims show 80% of bodily injuries at global ports and container terminals involve handling equipment or vehicles.  Speaking at the Philippine Ports and Shipping Conference in Manila this week, TT Club’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, Phillip Emmanuel emphasised the statistic and urged operators to improve their management practices in order to reduce the incidents which result in injury and sadly sometimes death to workers and others at ports and terminals.


TT Club, an international provider of insurance to the freight transport and cargo handling sector, has carried out root cause analysis of nearly 7,000 claims valued at more than US$10,000 and totalling US$425 million.  The lessons to be learned for port and terminal operators in terms of minimising future risk to the workforce and third parties, equipment, ships and other property are numerous, the analysis found. 


During his Manila speech, Emmanuel drew his audience’s attention to a comprehensive catalogue of operational issues that require careful management to control potential risk, including quay crane boom collision and adequate crane braking systems, regular equipment maintenance regimes, fire prevention systems, adoption of best practice in packing and handling of cargo, and appropriate processing of dangerous goods.


In particular, however, Emmanuel addressed the risk profile of ports and terminals as it pertains to the occurrence of accidents resulting in bodily injury.  These are costly in the sense of both the human suffering and value of claims. “Similar to many preventable incidents, those involving the workforce and third parties can very often be minimised in the simplest of ways given careful attention and the employment of sensible management practices,” emphasised Emmanuel. “Strict limits to pedestrian access to yard stacks, well indicated one-way vehicle lanes, designated safe and secure areas for truckers, and regulated on-terminal induction procedures are all easily enforced and effective procedures.”


Julia Kuzeljevich

Julia Kuzeljevich

Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999.
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