Mar 082012

At about 1918 on 28 March 2010, a stevedore was crushed between two containers during loading operations on board the container ship Vega Gotland, while it was berthed at the Patrick Terminals’ Port Botany terminal. The stevedore, who was the lashing team leader, died instantly from the injuries he received in the accident.

The ATSB investigation found that the lashing team leader had placed himself in a position of danger and that when a twistlock foundation unexpectedly failed during the repositioning of the container, he was unable to get clear of the swinging container.

The investigation also found that the failure of the twistlock foundation was brought about by an attempt to reposition the container and was consistent with its exposure to gross overstress conditions as a result of the leverage forces applied to it by the container and the unsecured hatch cover.

The investigation identified that while the dangers of working between a moving container and a fixed object were taught to Patrick Terminals’ new employees during their induction training, the issue was not specifically covered or reinforced in the company’s safe work instructions, the hazard identification and associated risk control processes nor, in some instances, followed in practice by stevedores on board the ships in the terminal. Continue reading »

Lack Of Basic Safety Killed Rigger

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Jan 202010

The 4 tonne bell cursor fell when a winch failed

Basic safety principles for working under a suspended load were not used during work on the diving bell recovery system of the diving support vessel Wellservicer. As as result a crewman was fatally injured when a 4 tonne cradle known as a cursor trapped him against a diving bell.

Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued a safety flyer regarding the incident and the safety issues identified in the subsequent investigation.

Says MAIB “The installation team failed to apply the most basic of safety principles while working under the suspended load. Regardless of whether the winch had been commissioned and declared fully functional, the cursor should have been supported by additional means, before anyone went underneath it”.

There was also confusion regarding responsibilities and MAIB emphasises: “Responsibilities should be clearly defined, and understood; it is better to ask too many questions than to carry on with a potentially hazardous task in blind faith that other people are doing what is expected of them.”

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