Safety Alert – Crushed Unloading Hydrovac Truck

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Feb 052010
 
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Rear door configuration of a typical hydrovac truck. Note crush point.

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and Enform have issued a safety alert regarding a fatal incident involving a hydrovac truck: While dumping the contents of a hydrovac unit, a swamper was killed when he was caught in the closing hydrovac tank door.

What Went Wrong?:

The truck operator and swamper were offloading the contents of the hydrovac truck at a designated area. The hydrovac truck tank had been elevated and the rear door was opened to allow the crew to clean out the tank.

The workers had cleaned the tank and had both stepped down from the rear tank access platforms, also known as beavertails.

The operator walked around to the driver’s side of the truck to access the hydraulic control levers located directly behind the cab of the truck.

Unknown to the truck operator, the swamper had climbed back up onto the right, rear beavertail and became caught in the swing radius of the rear tank door as it was closing.

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A Little Crush Miss?

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Jun 172009
 

Two ABs working on the main deck of a PSV servicing an offshore installation are lucky to be walking around, following a close call involving the loading of a secion of crane boom according to a safety alert issued by the Aberdeen-based Marine Safety Forum.

Says the safety alert

“A recent high potential near miss occurred on a PSV during the back loading of a crane boom section from an offshore installation. Although no injuries were sustained as a result of this incident, two ABs working on the main deck at this time could potentially have been crushed resulting in 2 fatalities.

“Incident:
At the time of the incident, the PSV was starboard side alongside the installation back loading the second section of a crane boom.

This back loaded crane boom section was first landed on deck with no clearance from adjacent tote tanks. However, the ABs had to pass between these tote tanks and the back loaded crane boom section to access the crane hook for unlatching.

Therefore, the crane operator was asked to move the back loaded crane boom section towards the port side of the main deck to create a gap to allow the ABs clear access.

The crane operator moved the back loaded crane boom section 1-2 meters to port and asked the bridge whether the new position was satisfactory. The Bridge then confirmed with the ABs on deck that this new position was acceptable for them and then advised the crane operator accordingly.

The crane wire was then slackened down and the ABs started to pass between the back loaded crane boom section and the nearby tote tanks to unlatch the crane hook.

The crane operator then started to heave and raised the back loaded crane boom section by about 1 metre to approximately waist height with the ABs positioned between this back loaded crane boom section and the tote tanks. This resulted in a potential for the ABs to be crushed between the back loaded crane boom section and the tote tanks.

The bridge shouted a warning on the UHF radio to the ABs who were already aware of the hazardous situation and were moving to a safe position. The crane operator also then lowered the back loaded crane boom section to deck.

The prevailing weather conditions at the time of the incident were within acceptable working limits, consisting of a wind speed of 19 knots and sea conditions with a significant wave height of between 1.5 and 2.0 meters.

Main Findings and Recommendations:
The crane operator lifted the back loaded crane boom section off the vessel’s deck but failed to effectively communicate his intention to the vessel personnel. The crane operator also assumed that the vessel’s deck was clear of personnel.
The investigation of this incident identified the need to instruct crane operators to:-

• communicate their actions to the vessel before proceeding with lifting operations

• ensure that all communications are fully understood and verified by all relevant installation and vessel personnel before proceeding with any lifting operation

• avoid making assumptions and to verify with the vessel that the deck area is clear of all personnel before proceeding with lifting operations.”

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Maritime Safety News – 9th March 2009

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Mar 102009
 

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Australian seaman dies from injuries
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,Australia
The cruise ship was moored in Napier and its 70 to 80 passengers were ashore at the time of the accident. Maritime New Zealand and the Transport Accident

Cargo ship capsizes in Red Sea
Radio Netherlands – Netherlands
A cargo ship has sunk in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. The bodies of three crewmembers have been recovered, but 17 are still missing.

Missing drilling unit found near site of tanker
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
remotely operated underwater vehicle retraced the tank ship’s course to investigate and found the ENSCO 74 near where the ship was before the accident.

PCG intensifies search for two missing fishermen; seizure of light
Manila BulletinPhilippines
Taken from its vessel were a Global Positioning System, ten pieces of super light bulb and one microphone. Recovered on the crime scene were 19 empty shells

14 seamen rescued after cargo ship hits sunken vessel off east China
Xinhua – China
The ship, registered in Dongying City, Shandong, collided with a sunken vessel 15 nautical miles south of Shidao Port in Weihai City and was sinking,

Palma port admits fault for MSC accident
TTG live – UK
MSC denied that the accident was due to faults on the ship and lodged an official complaint with the local port authorities, which have now confirmed their

Seaman sues over shower fall during barge collision
Southeast Texas Record – Beaumont,TX,USA
During the collision, McAfee claims he was “violently thrown against the wall of the vessel’s shower, causing injuries to his shoulder and low back and .

Norwegian police let detained Russian cargo ship leave Bodo port
RIA Novosti – Moscow,Russia
The Russian ship, the Mekhanik Tyulenev, is suspected of involvement in the collision with a Norwegian fishing boat, the Marina.

Man arrested after Cork ferry accident
RTE.ie – Ireland
Navy divers working with the Department of the Marine vessel Celtic Voyager are searching for the car, which has not yet been located, contrary to earlier

Salvage operations underway to rescue trawler
Weekend Post – Port Elizabeth,South Africa
The distress call after the collision was received at about 9.12pm last night. Marine and Coastal Management vessel, the Lillian Ngoyi brought in 26

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Maritime Safety News – 17th-20th June 2008

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Jun 202008
 

2 workers killed, 5 hurt in shipyard mishap
Straits Times – Singapore
Fourteen others were hurt in the explosion on the Rainbow Star. No explosion took place on Wednesday on board the ship that was being converted into a

Posted 06/18/08 at 08:42 AM

A 52-year-old Surrey man died after being crushed between two barges at a log sorting operation near Crofton, Canada.com reported. The accident occurred just before midnight while the men were working on barges towed by tugboats in the Shoal Island area, near the Catalyst mill in Crofton

Labrador freighter runs aground
Western Star – Corner Brook,Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada
The Canadian Coast Guard received a distress call at around 1:30 am The ship’s 13 crew members abandoned the vessel in a life boat.

New Jersey – passengers ferried ashore after cruise vessel becomes disabled

The US Coast Guard issued a press release stating that the passengers and crew of a 62-foot long harbor cruise vessel were transported ashore after the vessel’s propellers became entangled.

Edinburgh ship blaze could take week to bring under control, warn
Glasgow Daily Record – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
A BLAZE severely damaging a ship could take until the end of the week to extinguish, fire chiefs said yesterday. Ten firefighters are tackling the blaze on

UK. Torbay RNLI Lifeboat aids sinking fishing vessel; tows to Brixham
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
A nearby fishing vessel, the Marina, responded to the Pan Pan and proceeded to the sinking vessel. The Marina was requested to stand by the vessel until the .

Regulator failed to check vessel’s safety: coroner
Queensland’s maritime safety regulator failed to inspect an unseaworthy Torres Strait-based vessel in the years before a deckhand fell to his death, the state’s coroner has found.

Queensland coroner Michael Barnes found Maritime Safety Queensland had not inspected the vessel, The Alert, operated by company Torres Pilots for years prior to the 2004 death of 55-year-old Phillemon Mosby, despite receiving complaints that it was unsafe.

German-Based Operator of Ship and Chief Engineer Plead Guilty to
Biloxi Sun Herald – MS, USA
“The company and chief engineer used the ocean as a dumping ground for waste oil and tried to cover that up,” said David M. Dillon, Special Agent-in-Charge,

Boats, words collide in dispute between marina and shipper
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee,WI,USA
By TOM DAYKIN A long-simmering dispute between two Milwaukee businesses has boiled over after a cargo ship operated by St. Marys Cement Inc. collided Monday

9 Non-British Ships Under Detention in the Uk During May

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 9 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2008 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. read more.

Liquefied Natural Gas Tankers Remain Giant Terror Targets
The Cutting Edge – Washington,DC,USA
Foreign seafarers are not. US mariners will be subject to terrorism background checks through the TSA. Foreign Seafarers are not.

Somalia, French firm sign pact to tackle piracy.
By David Barouski(David Barouski)
Mombasa-based Seafarers Assistance Programme (SAP) says the move is laudable as it could enhance security of vessels and crew noting that many seagoing vessels and maritime insurers have been avoiding Somali coast because of piracy

Oil dealers raise alarm over danger of big spill at port
Business Daily Africa – Nairobi,Kenya
Marketers raise fears that KPA and the Kenya Maritime Authority may not have capacity to manage a spill of more than 1000 metric tonnes.

Singapore – IMO unique owner and registered owner ID number scheme

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding owners and operators that, effective 1 January 2009, the IMO unique company and registered owner identification (ID) number must be reflected in a number of ship’s documents.  This includes the Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR), the Document of Compliance, the Safety Management Certificate (SMC), and the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC), among others. Shipping Circular No. 11 of 2008 (6/16/08).

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