Beware Around Cranes Says Hong Kong

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May 122010

image Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued the following safety alert regarding safe working practices around cranes:

A serious accident occurred in January 2010 in which a coxswain onboard a dredger was seriously injured attempting to lubricate the crane turntable whilst the crane was operating. The investigation into the accident revealed that the coxswain climbed beneath the crane turntable without notifying the crane operator. He was caught between the mudguard and the turntable and severely injured by the motion of the machinery.

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Dropping Red Light Hazard

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Feb 092010

Throwing a little (broken) light on dropped objects

Marine Safety Forum says “A recent report from a Platform Supply Vessel has highlighted a serious incident on board concerning a dropped object from an offshore installation crane. Although no injuries were sustained as a result of this incident, the deck crew were working on the main deck of the PSV at the time and could have been struck by this dropped object.

At 1750 hours, a bang was heard from the top of the PSV’s bridge/monkey island. The second  officer went up to investigate and came down with the remains of a red lamp. This lamp was first believed to be part of the ship’s NUC light but when tested the ship’s NUC lights were found to working.

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Headache Ball Earns Its Name

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Dec 132009

imageAs three people waited inside a Frog System carrier a crane operator lost control of the crane’s headache ball due to a ‘rogue swell’ which began swinging, bounced off a jacket platform leg, hit the frame of the Frog carrier, slid inside the frame and injured one of the people inside.

The subsequent investigation found that the crane operator had not been trained for this kind of operation; other, possibly safer, method were available for the transfer but were not considered, the Frog System should only have been used for emergency transfer,  risk assessments were not complied with.

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Safety Alert – Come Together, Right Now… Simultaneous Working

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Aug 122009

imageTake special care when several different tasks are being carried out on deck by contractors, ensure risk assessments and toolbox talks are carried out and ABs should be proactive, are the lessons from the latest Safety Flash issued by Marine Safety Forum following a near miss event that could have resulted in serious injuries.

Says the MSF: “On arrival in port a number of different contractors boarded a vessel to off load a piggy back anchor, disconnect a connecting link from a 77m chain and change out of a gypsy winch. When the crane driver started to lift the anchor from the deck the crane jib was not positioned right above the anchor which resulted in the anchor swivelling and sliding across the deck. The pennant tail swung past the men disconnecting the chain link narrowly missing them.

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Step Change Lifting Guidelines Revised

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Mar 202009

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Step Change in Safety has revised its Lifting and Mechanical Handling Guidelines.

These guidelines define the responsibilities, training, competencies and assessment of those involved in lifting and mechanical handling operations. They set out a structured approach to the planning of safe lifting.

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Crane Bonks Bosun

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Aug 232008

From MAIB:

Overseas Camar was loading a cargo of gas oil at the Fawley Marine Terminal near Southampton. The vessel was expecting to load ship’s stores and in accordance with the Terminal’s regulations, a stores barge was alongside at the starboard (outboard) quarter.

The Bosun climbed up onto the operating platform attached to the side of the starboard provisions crane. The crane had a safe working load (SWL) of 0.8 tonne and had successfully passed the five yearly load test and annual inspection conducted by the vessel’s classification society. The first load of hydraulic oil drums was lifted safely, a second load of oil weighing 788kg was attached, and the Bosun began to hoist. The load was lifted approximately 1.8m and suddenly began to lower back to the deck of the stores barge. The crewman on the stores barge looked up and saw both the crane and the Bosun falling. He shouted to the Skipper of the stores barge, who had been steadying the load, and both men ran clear. The crane struck the side of the ship, crushed a skip on the stores barge and fell into the sea. It was initially thought that the Bosun had fallen into the sea, however, he landed on a lifeboat deck, some 5m below the crane pedestal. Although his injuries were severe, he was extremely fortunate not to have fallen further and been killed.

The nuts and bolts used to hold the crane pedestal to the mounting ring were recovered and examined. They were badly corroded, allowing the bolts to pull straight through the nuts. Both the ship’s planned maintenance and the classification society regulations stated that the holding down nuts and bolts should be examined at prerequisite intervals, however the extent of the corrosion indicates that these safeguards had systematically failed over a number of years.

Action taken:

Two other cranes on board were inspected and both found to be in poor condition. Prohibition notices were issued by Port State Control officers and Conditions of Class imposed by the classification society, regarding future use of these cranes.

In addition, the Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has written to:

  • the vessel’s management company, detailing the shortcomings in maintenance and inspection that allowed the condition of the crane holding down nuts and bolts to go undetected, and
  • the vessel’s classification society, raising concerns over the effectiveness of the current survey and testing procedures for ship’s cranes.

Xmas Tree Drops in Early

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Jun 092008

You wouldn’t want an errant 32 tonnes xmas tree, an arrangement of metal piping use in the oil industry, suddenly thumping onto your deck unexpectedly, or indeed, anything thumping on your deck unexpectedly, so don’t forget those toolbox talks, and job safety analysis before lifting operations. In this case, which occured within the last week, a 32 tonne “Xmas Tree” had been safety landed and the detachment the tree lifting sling was being lowered for disconnection from the crane hook.

The sling suddenly disconnected from the crane pennant, fell, bounced onto the protective plate of the tree and subsequently landed on the deck of a supply vessel. That nobody was injured and no serious damage was done is both a blessing and irrelevant, that someone could have been hurt or expensive pieces of kit damaged does.

So, discuss the incident during toolbox talks prior to lifting operations, ensure a full risk assessment including type and condition of lifting equipment prior to any lifting operation and, where appropriate, managers and supervisors to discuss this safety alert within their areas of responsibility.

Source: MSF Safety Flash 08-23