Alerts iconHave a regime when the current’s abeam – ensure adequate manoeuvring space!

What happened? The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued Safety Alert 03-19 relating to the consequences of manoeuvring in high current environments. Recently there were three marine casualties that resulted in the sinking of towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River.  One of the casualties resulted in a fatality.  These cases are all under … Continue reading “Have a regime when the current’s abeam – ensure adequate manoeuvring space!”

Alerts iconSpace heater caught fire

A space heater and some loose equipment caught fire.  An area had been washed down as part of a housekeeping activity.  As a precaution, electrical heaters were switched off and protected from the cleaning water by tarpaulins.  The next area to be cleaned was being inspected by the cleaning supervisor and electrician on watch to … Continue reading “Space heater caught fire”

Alerts iconThree fatalities: stored energy; falling objects; traffic management

Incident 1: Stored Energy Release – Worker Killed During Concrete Pumping Operations A company was fined following the death of a worker at a dockside upgrade project at a port in the UK. The company had been contracted to replace a dockside roadway at a port.  The company sub-contracted a specialist concrete pumping contractor to … Continue reading “Three fatalities: stored energy; falling objects; traffic management”

Alerts iconThree hand injuries

Incident 1: Fingers and Hands in Rotating Machinery – Employee’s Hand Severed by Machinery A company supplying aluminium parts was fined after an employee suffered serious injuries when using a chop saw.  The rotating blade of the chop saw came into contact with the employee’s hand, which was severed. Investigation revealed a number of failures. … Continue reading “Three hand injuries”

Alerts iconConfined spaces: silent and invisible killers

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued Marine Safety Alert 04-19 entitled Confined spaces: silent and invisible killers.  It serves as a reminder that despite decades of work to improve confined space entry by maritime safety organizations, training institutions, and vessel owners/operators, the risks have not been eliminated.  This is illustrated by a recent … Continue reading “Confined spaces: silent and invisible killers”

Alerts iconHigh potential near miss: person found unconscious in confined space

What happened? During commissioning activities, a commissioning engineer was found unconscious inside a gas valve unit (GVU).  He received CPR and regained consciousness before being transported to the hospital for further diagnosis.  Luckily, he has made full recovery. Pressure holding tests were being conducted, controlled from an interface cabinet.  Nitrogen gas was used as the … Continue reading “High potential near miss: person found unconscious in confined space”