Aug 192008

A bit more education is obviously needed about the wearing of hard hats and here are three cases in which the victim didn’t get to learn the lesson:

Most recent, of course, is the dead of a worker at the Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay, Philippines. Wind blew off his hard hat, he released himself from his safety harness and slipped, falling 29 metres to his death.

In 2004, another hard hat fell off, this time aboard a chemical tanker, Bow Wind, in Singapore. The wearer, a cargo surveyor, didn’t try to retrieve his hard hat and left the ship. The Pumpman did, however, try to get the hard hat from the tank. The tank was in an inerted state. He suffocated and died.

On the Oceanic – The Case Of The Acidic Assassin – the body of the victim, who’d fallen two dozen metres, was found several feet from his hard hat.

While there were several other factors involved in each of these deaths the common thread is that in each case someone wasn’t wearing his hard hat properly.

At the Hanjin dockyard, the wind would not have blown off the worker’s hard hat had it been worn properly. On the Bow Wind, the cargo surveyor would not have lost his hard hat if he’d been wearing it properly and the Pumpman would not have been tempted to enter an airless tank (There does appear to be a problem with cargo surveyors working unsafely, so always keep an eye on them). In the case of the Oceanic, the victim might have survived if his hard hat had been secured properly as he climbed the ladder.

Try this: This an eye out for crewmates who aren’t wearing their hard hats properly. That way you might remember to keep your’s fixed properly so the funeral you go to won’t be your own.

Don’t be a soft head, wear a hard hat properly.

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