Nov 172010
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The deadly scaffold

Three key lessons arise from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the fall of a scaffold in a cargo hold aboard the Panama-registered bulk carrier United Treasure: Make sure all safety-critical parts of the structure are in place; ensure the the scaffold is properly secured against falling over; don’t attach fall preventers to the scaffold.

On 7 July 2009, while United Treasure was anchored off Port Kembla, New South Wales, two seamen fell about 8 metres in a cargo hold after the scaffolding on which they were working toppled over. Both men suffered compound fractures and were evacuated from the ship by helicopter and taken to hospital.

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