Pantas No.1: Fall Fatality – Compliant But Unsafe

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Jul 082010

Compliant but not safe

Korean-registered fishing vessel Pantas No.1, “was fully compliant” with a New Zealand safe ship management system but that did not prevent a fatality caused by poor on-board safety practices.

The bosun, who was directing hatch operations while unloading cargo operations from inside a rigged safety line at number 3 fish hold, was catapulted forward by the safety rope and fell down the hold when a load that was being hoisted caught on the safety rope, pulling it taught and displacing one of the securing points to which it was attached. The bosun later died from his injuries. Continue reading »