A near miss incident recently occurred when there was an explosion of the resin/wire plug in a Wirelock ROV umbilical lifting/docking cone. Heat, applied using an oxy acetylene torch to remove the old resin/wire plug ready for re-termination, caused a build up of fumes which led to an explosion. The explosion shot the armoured strands … Continue reading “Explosion during removal of old resin plugs”
Three separate incidents have been reported involving container double and personnel doors. A control van personnel door fell off whilst someone was trying to open it; fortunately the individual jumped clear as the heavy door fell to the ground. The hinges of the door had been broken during sea transit in severe seas and the … Continue reading “Container incidents”
A fire occurred when paint ignited in a bulk storage area on a vessel due to welding being carried out on the main deck. The firewatcher for the area had gone off for a break whilst the welder was on his break. Welding resumed without checking that the firewatcher was in place. The contractor involved … Continue reading “Fire”
An incident occurred on a vessel which was conducting an anchor handling operation. A sudden tensioning and de-tensioning of the tugger wire occurred, probably due to the vessel rising or falling on the swell. The second mate, who had run towards the tugger wire, was hit by the tensioned wire, thrown into the air, landed … Continue reading “Anchor handling incident”
Two divers, when disconnecting a flange on a pipeline, encountered what appeared to be water escaping from the flange. The fluid was subsequently found to contain toxic volatile condensate compounds. When the first diver returned to the diving bell, the liquid on his suit/umbilical contaminated the atmosphere of the bell, to a point where he … Continue reading “Contamination of divers by unknown liquid”
A third party fitted the wrong regulator on a Nitrox cylinder despite the fact that the quad was fitted with plastic shields marked ‘Diving Gas’. The regulator was of a type used for inert gas flushing or pressure testing. Had the wrong regulator been attached to a 45/55 mix the consequences could have been severe. … Continue reading “Nitrox misuse”
An IMCA Member reported that during mobilisation a hydraulic jack dropped onto the main deck while work was being carried out on the straightener in the crane tower. The Contractor involved elected to tape off the area under the crane tower to prevent C1 personnel walking under the tower during operations.
We have been advised of a recent accident when a ROV Technician working on a Tether Management System lost some fingers in a chain drive mechanism. The company subsequently designed extra guards and is in the process of a retrofit programme. A large mesh screen (as supplied by the manufacturer) had been removed to facilitate … Continue reading “The guarding of moving parts in an ROV”