Accommodation Ladder Failures Are Rare, but Pose a Real Risk

July 8, 2019
Accommodation Ladder Failures Are Rare, but Pose a Real Risk

Accommodation ladder failures, although rare, are certainly not unheard of and numerous lives have been lost as a result. Risks involved in rigging and securing accommodation ladders should be duly accounted for.

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Know What to Do When a Someone Falls Overboard

July 5, 2019
Know What to Do When a Someone Falls Overboard

One of the principal tasks for a man overboard (MOB) incident is getting the ship turned around and back to the incident area in

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Risks for Falling Overboard Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

July 1, 2019
Risks for Falling Overboard Can Be Hidden in Plain Sight

Recurring operations, even the most mundane, can still pose a serious risk. In the latest Mars reports, an example is given of an accident, in which the risks of a "normal" loading operation were not identified resulting in the death of a crew member.

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Taking Vessel Draughts – A Dangerous Task?

June 26, 2019
Taking Vessel Draughts – A Dangerous Task?

Rope ladders are often used to take the outboard draughts on large vessels, and pose a serious risk. Past incidents highlight the importance of following work procedures and using a personal flotation device (PFD). Yet, using a small boat instead of a ladder may prove the safer option.

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Two Deck Crew Suffer Injury after Incomplete Re-assembly

June 25, 2019
Two Deck Crew Suffer Injury after Incomplete Re-assembly

A toolbox meeting should cover all aspects of a job, even something as simple as tightening bolts. Two deck crew recently learned this the hard way as they were injured after being struck by an emergency towing arrangement’s motor coming off its mounting.

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Neglecting LOTO Procedures Results in Crew Member Injury

June 4, 2019
Neglecting LOTO Procedures Results in Crew Member Injury

If body parts are to be close to machinery that can potentially move during any maintenance or repair task, lock out-tag out (LOTO) procedures should be employed. Failing to do so, recently caused a crew member to get his fingers crushed during a greasing job.

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Always Monitor a Ship's Position, Even at Anchor

May 29, 2019
Always Monitor a Ship's Position, Even at Anchor

At anchor, just as when underway, it is important to maintain close monitoring of the ship's position and of the vessels in the vicinity. A shifting tidal stream or changing weather can easily result in a collision.

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Crew Member Slips and Sustains Serious Head Injury

May 27, 2019
Crew Member Slips and Sustains Serious Head Injury

Even something as simple as a wet bathroom floor can be a hazard on board. A crew member recently slipped after going to the toilet and had to be sent ashore for medical attention.

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Crew Member's Thumb Caught while Hooking on

May 24, 2019
Crew Member's Thumb Caught while Hooking on

Vessel movements in waves cost a crew member part of his thumb while he was trying to recover a yacht’s beach lander.

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Cargo Hold Light Causes Fire on Board Cargo Ship

May 22, 2019
Cargo Hold Light Causes Fire on Board Cargo Ship

Failing to switch off an incandescent cargo hold light caused a fire on board multipurpose/container vessel Kokopo Chief. Heat radiating from the lamp set fire to packs of timber, while the vessel was in the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.

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