Alerts iconHigh potential near miss: dropped line pipe after vacuum lifter failed

What happened? During load out of a 30cm uncoated line pipe onto a transport trailer, the vacuum lifter unit being used to move the pipe lost suction and uncontrollably released (dropped) a 12m length of line pipe (weighing 1.8Te) from approximately 2m in height.  This occurred as the excavator was slewing towards the transport trailer … Continue reading “High potential near miss: dropped line pipe after vacuum lifter failed”

Alerts iconConfined space fatality on-board the fishing vessel Sunbeam

What happened? The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a report into a confined space fatality on-board the fishing vessel at Fraserburgh in the UK, in August 2018.  The second engineer entered a refrigerated saltwater tank (RSW) (which was being prepared for cleaning) and collapsed.  He was seen lying unconscious at the aft … Continue reading “Confined space fatality on-board the fishing vessel Sunbeam”

Alerts iconConfined space entry: person overcome by fumes and rendered unconscious

What happened? Three crew members on a vessel were tasked with opening a sewage tank inspection hatch to check the condition of a faulty sensor.  The hatch was subsequently removed to facilitate cleaning of the sensor, with one individual standing on a fixed rack to gain access.  During the task, that individual was overcome by … Continue reading “Confined space entry: person overcome by fumes and rendered unconscious”

Alerts iconMSF: Near miss – potential dropped object during cargo operations

The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published Safety Alert 18-23, in which a 20ft basket was lifted during offshore cargo operations.  The bridge team were later informed by the installation crew that a yellow metal plate had been found trapped inside the forklift pocket of the basket; the plate was used to protect a potential … Continue reading “MSF: Near miss – potential dropped object during cargo operations”