Unsafe actions and conditions – inhibited alarm buttons

What happened?

On a vessel safety walk-round, an unsafe condition was found whereby alarm push buttons for acknowledgement/mute were kept pressed using toothpicks and scotch tape.

While these were not fire alarms, the principle is the same and for this reason, this incident has been included in a safety flash covering fire-related incidents.

Visual alarms, buzzers and sirens are installed and available for a reason.  Timely attendance to alarms is vital to protect personnel, equipment and the vessel against major failures and incidents.