Port fined over docker's death

FELIXSTOWE Dock and Railway Company was today fined £250,000 for causing the death of a trainee docker last year.Dennis Burman, 51, of Brantham, plunged 140 feet to his death from the top of a quayside crane on June 17 last year.

FELIXSTOWE Dock and Railway Company was today fined £250,000 for causing the death of a trainee docker last year.

Dennis Burman, 51, of Brantham, plunged 140 feet to his death from the top of a quayside crane on June 17 last year.

His employers admitted breaching health and safety regulations and today expressed their sympathies to the docker's family.

In ordering the company to pay a £250,000 fine and more than £27,000 in costs, Judge John Holt said the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company was at fault for not carrying out a proper risk assessment for employees on cranes at Felixstowe port.

The company said it was implementing a £1million safety improvement programme.

For the full story see tomorrow's Evening Star.

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