Category: Best Practices

IMCA SAFETY FLASH : FATAL FALL FROM HEIGHT ON-BOARD SEATRUCK PACE IN LIVERPOOL IN DECEMBER 2018

How many times do we see crew members take considerable risk on board?  It might be the longshoreman walking along the hatch coaming, the AB walking onto a stores platform to put up handrails or in this case, to conduct a maintenance task.  Whatever the particulars, the more we do these things or condone them, the easier it becomes for this deviance from safe behavior.

What happened?

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published accident Investigation Report 9/19 into a fatal fall from height.  A crewman from the Cypriot registered ro-ro freight vessel Seatruck Pace died as a result of 4.5 metres fall through a vehicle ramp hatch.

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Accident Advisory: Worker Fell off Tug Boat and into the Water

Figure 1: Above picture shows the tug boat parked at the pier.

From the Singapore Workplace and Safety Council :

Ref: 1920033 WSH Alert Accident Notification dated 26 July 2019

On 5 July 2019 around 1.40pm, a worker while retrieving a mooring rope on-board a tug boat, fell overboard. The worker was rescued by the crew on-board the tug boat and was conveyed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Recommendations

For work involving boat services or near a body of water, the risk of falling overboard and drowning is a foreseeable risk that must be addressed. Persons in control of workplaces that present similar risks should consider the following control measures to prevent similar accidents: Continue reading “Accident Advisory: Worker Fell off Tug Boat and into the Water”