Tag: safety

Securité, Securité, Securité : Transat Jacques Vabre 2019

Warning to vessels transiting the Atlantic Coast of France through the Cape Verde Islands to Brazil :

A double-handed sailing race started from Le Havre, France on Sunday, 27 October, bound for Salvador Brazil.  59 sailboats ranging from 40-60 feet are taking part.  While they are currently concentrated in a relatively small group, this group will expand dramatically in the next few days.

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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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Quicker and easier than falling asleep…

Harry Potter asks his godfather’s spirit, “Does it hurt?” after he’d passed away.  The answer Sirius Black gave was, “Dying?  Not at all. Quicker and easier than falling asleep.”

That answer may be familiar to enclosed space victims. 

The air we breathe consists of several major components.  Oxygen, critical for human life makes up about 20.9% of that air.  That majority of air is made up of nitrogen – close to 78%! The remaining 1% largely consists of argon (~0.93%) and carbon dioxide (~0.04%).  It doesn’t seem that much could go wrong with this atmosphere, but taking away critical components or adding toxic substances can kill us in an instant.

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