Bermuda Shorts And Shirts Are Not PPE

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Jan 032011

Remains of Bermuda shorts found in engine room

Take a ship filled with explosive vapours, an unshielded portable electrical pump designed to run on 110 volts but plugged into a 220 volt supply, and crew wearing Bermuda shorts and shirts of synthetic materials and the result is fairly predictable. So it was that in the port of Recife a blast set off by an over-heated pump ripped through the 75 gross tonne Praia do Sancho, a fishing vessel converted to a bulk liquid and general cargo carrier,flinging part of the main deck over the roof of a nearby warehouse to land 30 metres away from the dock.

The chief engineer, whose flimsy clothes were blown off, and an electrician who were in the engine room survived the blast itself but suffered 95 per cent burns across their bodies which they could not survive. Two other were injured: the cook, who was in the galley above the engine room, and a worker on deck who was blasted into the water. Continue reading »