Torm Camilla – Confined Space – When A Hard Hat Might Be The Wrong Hat

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Feb 092010
 
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Recreation of fallen fitter's position. Note head and hard hat against metal edge

Despite ‘an efficient and well-run safety system and organisation on board’ the chemical/product tanker Torm Camilla, a fitter fell 1.8 metres to the bottom of the forepeak tank and suffered a fractured skull. Two elements in particular led to the accident and its severity – holes in a platform which provided a tripping hazard and the inadequacy of the protective headgear worn by the injured fitter.

While trips, slips and falls occur on deck it should be noted that the injuries sustained may be greater in a confined environment and first aid and rescue more hazardous both to the injured person and the rescuers. It has been estimated that work in confined space is 150 times more dangerous than work elsewhere.

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