Alerts iconUK HSE: Worker suffers life-changing crush injuries – rotating machine

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) have prosecuted a printing company after an employee suffered life-changing crush injuries whilst cleaning rotating machinery. The injured person sustained the crush injury whilst cleaning a rotating roller on a production line.  The cloth that the worker was using got caught in the machine, and the worker … Continue reading “UK HSE: Worker suffers life-changing crush injuries – rotating machine”

Alerts iconPipelay technician sustained cut to wrist whilst handling testing equipment

What happened? During pipelay operations, two non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians were handling a ‘scanner belt’, which is used to connect the automated ultrasonic testing (AUT) scanner to the pipe for testing pipeline welds.  On completion of weld testing, the scanner belt (approx. 10kg) was released by one of the technicians, and it ‘slipped off’ the … Continue reading “Pipelay technician sustained cut to wrist whilst handling testing equipment”

Alerts iconBSEE: Failure of Crane Hydraulic Boom Cylinders

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert No. 342, regarding two crane failure accidents, identical in incident.  Both accidents occurred during operation on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico during 2018. In the first incident, a hydraulic boom cylinder recently installed was compromised when the cylinder rod separated … Continue reading “BSEE: Failure of Crane Hydraulic Boom Cylinders”

Alerts iconCrisis Management: Rail Industry High Potential Near Miss

“Thirty centimetres of safety” The UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published its report into the detrainment of passengers onto electrically live track near Peckham Rye station on 7 November 2017. What happened? A train with 450 passengers on board failed just outside a railway station during the evening rush hour.  The fault on … Continue reading “Crisis Management: Rail Industry High Potential Near Miss”

Alerts icon“Don’t forget about gangways” – USCG: Pilot Dies in Gangway Accident

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has published Safety Alert 14-18 regarding a fatal gangway accident. Whilst boarding, the gangway separated from the vessel and two individuals fell into the water.  Investigations into this incident are still taking place, however it is a reminder that everyday equipment on board vessels can become hazardous when boarding … Continue reading ““Don’t forget about gangways” – USCG: Pilot Dies in Gangway Accident”

Alerts iconThird-party high potential near miss – dropped gangway

What happened? During barge operations at a spool fabrication yard, a high potential near miss occurred when a gangway positioned between the quayside and barge fell 2.4m, landing on the barge.  At the time of the incident, there were no personnel in the vicinity of the gangway.  However, only minutes earlier, personnel had been using … Continue reading “Third-party high potential near miss – dropped gangway”