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Transporting paper safely

HSE InfoLine : 24 April, 2004  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive will today launch new guidance designed to help reduce the risk of accidents that occur when transporting paper.
The Health and Safety Executive will today launch new guidance designed to help reduce the risk of accidents that occur when transporting paper.

A new free leaflet on improving health and safety when transporting paper and paper products will be launched at a meeting of Chief Executives from the paper industry hosted by the Confederation of Paper Industries at Center Point, London, WC1.

Talking about the guidance James Barrett, Head of HSE's Manufacturing Sector said:
'Transporting paper is big business. It's amazing how much paper is moved around the country every day. Unfortunately accidents can happen and almost every month the HSE hears about an incident involving transporting paper or paper products. Luckily most of the incidents do not involve injury. When they do, the consequences for workers, or even passing motorists can be fatal.'

'All too often the reason why a reel of paper falls from a lorry in a yard is because something has gone wrong with the system used to secure the load on the trailer, or the load has shifted in transit and falls out when the side curtains are opened. In some cases the risks are taken onto the road and lorries roll over or shed their loads onto passing motorists with obvious consequences. We produced this guidance with the help of producers, hauliers, trades unions and many others in the industry. Following the precautions outlined in the guidance on loading and securing paper, and when driving lorries transporting paper, will reduce the risk of incident and injury.'
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