British Cormorant FRB Drops, Injures

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Sep 132010
 
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Six rescued seafarers. Photo: MCGA

At 1145 on September 13, the crew of the BP-operated tanker, British Cormorant was carrying out a drill with the rescue boat when one of the lines snapped injuring three crewmen on the ship and causing the rescue boat to capsize which deposited the six crewmen into the water.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent was scrambled and recovered six crewmen from the water and landed them at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.  The helicopter then recovered a crewman to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth with suspected spinal injuries from the ship.

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Spirit of Esperance Fatality – Routine Violations

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Apr 132010
 

imageCrew aboard the Maltese-registered containership Spirit of Esperance “routinely violated the working aloft procedure by climbing the emergency ladder adjacent to the hook’s cradle without a permit or appropriate personal protective equipment” says Australia’s Transport Safety Bureau.  The result was that a seafarer fell 4 metres to his death.

Although ATSB identified a number of serious issues, the incident highlights the critical importance of following working aloft procedures and wearing personal protective equipment such as fall arrestors even if the job seems simple.

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