Fishermen Prefer Death To Lifejackets

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Oct 062010

Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. Seafarers prefer death to lifejackets.

Not so coincidental, perhaps, with the US National Transportation Safety Board’s upcoming forum on fishing vessel safety is a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Commercial Fishing Deaths—United States, 2000-2009, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It may, at first sight, seem odd that a disease prevention agency should be involved in fishing accidents but, then, the refusal to wear a lifejacket is a disease, and an apparently incurable one, in the US as it is in the UK.

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May 202010

image Blogger Alexandre da Rocha reports that two crew from the oil rig Ocean Ambassador died and another were two injured after their lifeboat fell into the sea in the Campos Basin.

The accident was first reported by the Brazilian company OGX. Ocean Ambassador is owned by Diamond Offshore and operated by Brasdril, a Brazilian company.

According to OGX, the accident happened while the lifeboat was being hoisted back to the platform after a drill.

Says Alexandre “This should be more than enough for any sensible safety management system to consider the risk ‘intolerable’ and prevent anyone from being on board.”

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Union Calls For Safer Choppers

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Feb 192010

Unanswered concerns about Ill-fitting survival suits, a lack of underwater breathing gear and worries about helicopter incidents have been attacked by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union in Canada. Brian Murphy, a local vice-president of the union, which represents about 700 offshore workers, made the call at an enquiry into the March, 2008 crash of a Cougar helicopter 60 kilometres east of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Only one of the 18 people aboard the helicopter survived the crash, Robert Decker, who gave evidence to the enquiry. he believes that a large tank situated on the left side of the cabin between double seats and the windows would have complicated any escape.

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Safety Alert – NZ on Confined Spaces – Avoiding The Avoidable

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Sep 102009

Confined spaces can kill, and people who enter confined spaces to rescue others without the proper equipment can waste another life – their own as well as the person they’re trying to rescue. The continuing level of unacceptable losses demonstrates those lessons are not getting through.

There is, put simply, no excuse for these incidents – they don’t ‘just happen’, people die because they don’t follow the simple rules and procedures needed to stay safe.

Below is the latest safety bulletin from Maritime New Zealand. Ensure that your fellow seafarers read, mark, learn and inwardly digest whether under NZ jurisdiction or not. The life saved could be yours.

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