Incident alert

LOCATION:
AGGREGATE DREDGER
ACTIVITY:
CONTRACTOR SAFETY MANAGEMENT
SUB ACTIVITY:
MARINE
ALERT STATUS:
Normal
DATE ISSUED:
17/12/2019 17:04:16
INCIDENT No:
01541

TITLE
Fatal 6 - Ship’s crew struck by falling hose
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT DETAILS

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.
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT IMAGES
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Site of hose recovery
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Hatch through which hose was being recovered
LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS TAKEN

  • Interaction between crew and contractors must be planned; to properly understand the task and apply necessary control measures.

  • An appropriate level of assessment must be used for all tasks; including those perceived as low risk or minor.

  • First-Aid/ medical treatment must be provided; however, duties must be assigned to ensure an incident scene is preserved; and evidence secured for investigation.

  • Compliance with prescribed PPE requirements is mandatory; requirements must be clear to employees and not subject to interpretation.


LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS IMAGES




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