Delta Injury: Kick In A Rib Became Pain In The Back

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Jan 312011

Reconstruction showing location of injured person and other passengers at the time of accident

MAIB’s report on back injuries sustained by a passenger in a RIB ferrying workers to a jack-up rig on the Thames is relevant to anyone riding or operating these boats. A safety flyer has been issued with the report.

Passengers in small high-speed craft are subject to potentially high shock and vibration impacts, and MAIB is aware of 12 other accidents that have occurred in the 2 years following the similar Celtic Pioneer accident in August 2008, which also
resulted in lower back compression fractures.
The risk of this type of injury can be reduced by ensuring that:
•     occupants are seated in appropriate seating
•     the boat’s helmsman has received suitable training
•     the boat is appropriately designed and outfitted
•     procedures are in place to exclude passengers who may be particularly at risk,
based on medical grounds.

Here is the MAIB summary:

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Tows Can Kill You Around Corners

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Nov 202010

The recoil or ‘snap-back’ area to Llanddwyn Island’s forward deck when working with a hawser around the port dolly pin.

One of many lessons in the MAIB report of the fatality aboard the workboat Llanddwyn Island is that just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it can’t kill you: A deckhand, Edward Kay, died when a doubled-chain attaching a hawser to a dredger broke, snapping the hawser back and around the workboat’s wheelhouse and killed him.

Llanddwyn Island had been towing the dredger Manu Pekka. The two were connected by a hawser which terminated in a chain passed through a pad-eye on Manu Pekka and back on itself to the hawser.

The crew of Llanddwyn Island considered the chain to be the ‘weak link’. The configuration reduced the working load of the chain by 25 per cent an considerably reduced its ability to absorb shock-loads. its inclusion was not in accordance with best towing practice and was inappropriate for the work being conducted.

Edward was an experienced deckhand who was undoubtedly aware of the dangers associated with a tensioned line. It is not known why he moved to the forward part of the deck while Llanddwyn Island was still manoeuvring ahead against the hawser,
particularly as the skipper had not signalled to him that it was safe to do so.

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Dodgy SMS+Poor Passage Plan = Bashing Bulkers

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Sep 272010

Map pictureA collision between the 81,000 gross tonnes Panama-flagged Royal Oasis and the anchored Berge Atlantic at Port Talbot, Wales, shows some familiar memes yet to learned.As Royal Oasis left her deepwater anchorage to embark a pilot at a pilot station to enter Port Talbot Harbour she encountered a strong 3 knot tidal stream and collided with Berg Atlantic causing extensive structural damage to both vessels.

A preliminary report by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, says the passage plan and the pre-departure briefing aboard Royal Oasis did not cover the potential effects of the tidal stream on the turning performance , pre-departure checklists had not been used for testing equipment, and emergency procedures in the safety management system were difficult to use and not readily available. Continue reading »

Half Century Barge Buckled – No Procedures

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Aug 152010

imageSurveys of a 55 year-old dumb barge did not identify the lack of stability data and bending moment information, nor required an inspection in drydock says an MAIB preliminary report on the sinking of the Henty Supplier follwoing catastrophic hull failure at 1313 BST on 19 July 2010. 

Says the MAIB: “Buckling of the hull leading to a transverse split along a cross-deck weld adjacent to hatch coamings in way of number 4 cargo tank.

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MAIB Chief Admits – “I was naïve”

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Jul 292010

Rear Admiral Stephen Meyer, who retires as Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents for the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch in August, gives a hint of the enormous pressures facing today’s maritime investigators and the emerging threats to the branch’s independence that will be faced by his successor, Stephen Clinch.

In a farewell message, after eight years at the helm, in the MAIB’s 2009 annual report he writes: “When I joined, I was naïve enough to think that everyone would be on the side of independent investigation, the sole purpose of which was future safety. In fact, few are on our side, as everyone involved in an accident has some form of vested interest, and others often have a particular axe to grind. I have also had to fight to maintain the independence and integrity of the MAIB, and our right to operate free from the growing culture of blame and litigation.

“That we have continued to operate so successfully in the face of such challenges has reinforced our credibility and is, I believe, an important outcome for safety at sea. I have an amazing team in the MAIB who, despite the gruelling nature of constantly working with death and tragedy, have remained positive and enthused.”

Some 1663 marine accidents and incidents were reported to the MAIB in 2009 and covered by its small team of 39 people.and a tiny budget of £4m. Many non-commercial casualties are still going unreported. Says Meyer: ” It is quite evident from the accidents we investigate that safety standards, supervision, training, inspection and enforcement are routinely well below that expected ashore. Although improvements are taking place, these are normally driven by accident investigations conducted by the MAIB and similar organisations in other countries”.

MAIB’s commitment to maritime safety is, unfortunately not shared by all administrations. Cyprus and Belgium have not responded to safety recommendations and a European windlass manufacturer had declined to improve the safety of equipment (Not identified in the MAIB annual report, TTS Kocks Gmbh, ed)

MAIB Slams Lloyd’s List

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Jun 292010

image Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has suspended publication of its regular Safety Digests following what it describes as a “sensationalist account” in Lloyd’s List based on a recent “carefully worded article” which the branch says “it has significantly harmed the MAIB’s ability to improve safety at sea”.

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Fishing Fatalities: Time To Stop Shrugging Shoulders

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May 262010

image The MOB recovery system on Korenbloem was a Markus Net. The crew was unfamiliar with it and did not know how to use it.

Frustration at the inaction and lack of political will to address unacceptably high levels of accident, injuries and fatalities in Britain’s fishing industry  is evident in a recently released report from Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch on the deaths of three seafarers in three incidents in November 2009.

The report covers Man Overboard accidents that occurred at weekly intervals that November which resulted in fatalities: On 6 November 2009, James Grindy, a deckhand on board the scallop dredger Korenbloem; 11 November 2009, the UK registered stern trawler Osprey III lost William Antonio, a Filipino deckhand; Raymond Davidson, a crewman on the creel fishing vessel Optik, was dragged overboard while shooting creels.

None of the seafarers wore lifejackets. In two cases the crew onboard the vessels did not have the skills or training to recover the MOBs quickly and effectively. Seafarers had not been adequately safety trained and job had not been evaluated to make them as safe a reasonably possible.

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Safemarine Nuba Scalding: No Risk Assessment

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Apr 222010


A fitter was scalded by hot water from a cooling pipe aboard the containership Safmarine Nuba. No risk assessment had been done so the hazard was not identified. The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Board has issued a preliminary report on the incident.

Says the MAIB synopsis: “The second engineer, third engineer and the fitter were engaged in fitting protection shields, supplied by the manufacturer on cylinders No 1 & 7 of the main engine, while the vessel was alongside in Rotterdam. No risk assessment was carried out and the protection shield around cylinder No 1 was completed with ease within an hour.

After lunch, the fitting of the protection shield on cylinder No 7 became more complex, necessitating the removal of platform plates, a non-pressurised pipe and the grinding of a protective bracket. No attempt was made to re-evaluate the risks. Shortly after the pipe was removed, the second engineer responded to an alarm on the boiler.

The third engineer, thinking that a bracket which had supported the drain pipe had to be removed, slackened and removed the bolts which were also holding the jacket cooling water pipe connection. As the third engineer and fitter attempted to manoeuvre the shield around the cylinder, it dislodged the cooling water pipe, which resulted in the fitter becoming drenched with hot water, 85º C, at 3.4 bar.

Safmarine (Pty) Ltd has taken positive actions, including circulating the lessons arising from this accident and ensuring that appropriate documented procedures are always followed.

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Lessons From Aquila Triple Fatalities – Check Your Mods Professionally

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Apr 162010

Scalloper Aquila - Ballast had been modified

Planning to add ballast or make other modifications to your vessel? Get a competent person to check the effects on stability, says a safety flyer for the fishing industry from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB. Also make sure that the risks of fishing gear becoming snagged, particularly when trawling downwind, are fully assessed to ensure appropriate control measures are in place to prevent water ingress or capsize.

The safety flyer comes in the wake of MAIB’s report on the capsize of the scallop dredger Aquila after she became snagged on the seabed while trawling, downwind, in moderate to heavy seas near the isle of Eigg.

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