A UK marine aggregate dredger was in the final stages of a refit at a UK shipyard. During the refit, the ship had been supplied with fresh water through a shipyard hose. Shipyard workers were recovering the hose after it had been disconnected by a crew member, who had connected two sections of hose together.
As the hose was hauled up by hand through a hatch, the bayonet connection between the two hose sections caught on the coaming; resulting in the two sections separating. The lower section dropped through the hatch; and, despite a shouted warning, struck the crew member on the forehead; requiring hospital attendance to close the wound.
A review of the incident established the following;
- Beyond disconnecting the hose, crew members were assisting shipyard staff with a task, with which they did not need assistance
- Interaction between ship and shore personnel was not planned, assessed or coordinated
- The crew member failed to properly connect the hose sections together
- Whilst medical treatment was provided to the IP, the opportunity to preserve the scene and secure evidence was lost
- Adequate PPE was not being worn.