Oct 282009


Gibraltar’s Maritime Administration has criticised the lack of safety culture aboard a general cargo ship, BBC Atlantic following the death of a chief officer in October 2008. The officer had been standing atop a hatch cover being lifted by equipment not made for the job when t-hooks released, dropping the officer into the hold followed by the hatch itself. The officer did not survive his injuries.

The unsafe practices continued after an earlier, similar, incident. A variety of such incidents continue to occur through the industry as officers and crew continue to ignore safety warnings and good practice.

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