Alerts iconLost time injury (LTI): Serious hand injury during high pressure washing operations

A member has reported an incident in which a crewman was injured during high pressure jet-washing operations. The incident occurred during wash down operations inside a ballast tank. An able seaman (AB) sustained the injury as his finger was accidently positioned in front of the water jet nozzle. The subsequent hand injury required helicopter medivac … Continue reading “Lost time injury (LTI): Serious hand injury during high pressure washing operations”

Alerts iconFatality in ballast water tank – working at height in a confined space

A member has reported an incident in which a crewman died after falling in a confined space onboard a vessel. A ballast tank was open for steel repairs; permits to work were in place for these repairs. The incident occurred during an investigation of air quality and gas detectors in this tank. A tank or … Continue reading “Fatality in ballast water tank – working at height in a confined space”

Alerts iconDouble man overboard resulting in one fatality

What happened? During preparations for disconnecting a tow tug which was moored to a barge in turn moored to the jetty, a crew member of the tow tug fell into water between the tow tug and the barge.  A second crew member also fell into the water during attempts to rescue his colleague. Following a … Continue reading “Double man overboard resulting in one fatality”

Alerts iconFall from a height into a ballast tank

  What happened? A worker inside a ballast tank fell from height. The incident happened when a welder and two welder helpers were installing additional stiffeners on the inside of a water ballast tank. Whilst going to the work site inside the tank, one of the welder helpers fell through an opening on the tween … Continue reading “Fall from a height into a ballast tank”

Alerts iconVessel collision with wind turbine – MSF safety alert 20-01

What happened? After a transfer of 4 technicians to a wind turbine, the vessel was positioned just outside the 200-meter exclusion zone for standby.  The next task was to pick up the same technicians when they had completed the work they had planned.  The OOW moved the vessel from the turbine to outside exclusion zone … Continue reading “Vessel collision with wind turbine – MSF safety alert 20-01”

Alerts iconPipe leak leads to loss of all thrusters – DP incident

Comments from the report Whilst pressurising the fire main for helicopter operations, a gasket failure occurred on the pipework valve under the engine room floor in front of transformers 690V/440V T3 and T4.  The spray created a water fog and favourable atmosphere for an electric arc on T3 and T4 transformers, leading to a loss … Continue reading “Pipe leak leads to loss of all thrusters – DP incident”

Alerts iconUpdate to SF 11/19: Fatality and multiple injuries – flash fire onboard pipe-lay barge

This Safety Flash comprises an update on the flash fire which occurred onboard a pipe-lay barge earlier in 2019, and includes our members’ findings on the causes of the incident, and lessons learned. What happened During pipelaying activities, Injection Moulded Polypropylene (IMPP) equipment used for field joint coating got stuck. Pipelaying activities were stopped and … Continue reading “Update to SF 11/19: Fatality and multiple injuries – flash fire onboard pipe-lay barge”

Alerts iconLTI: finger injury during work with rotating machinery

What happened? An electrician tried to modify a cable shoe using a pillar drill in the engine room workshop.  During initial use of the drilling machine, the electrician secured the cable shoe with a vice and did not wear any gloves.  However, during subsequent drilling to finalize/enlarge the hole, he did not secure the cable … Continue reading “LTI: finger injury during work with rotating machinery”

Alerts iconLost Time Injury (LTI): Fall on Staircase

What happened? A crewman on a vessel lost his balance going down some stairs and fell, resulting in a fractured ankle.  His foot got caught in a gap as he landed at the bottom of the stairs.  He suffered 3 broken bones and his foot was dislocated.  He was evacuated by helicopter to hospital, where … Continue reading “Lost Time Injury (LTI): Fall on Staircase”

Alerts iconLost time injury (LTI): leg injured while dealing with vent flaps

A member has reported an incident in which a crew member suffered a serious leg injury whilst closing ventilation flaps.  Two crewmen, one an AB, the other a more inexperienced Cadet, were on the upper deck closing the flaps when a crank handle used to wind the flaps closed became detached and flew through the … Continue reading “Lost time injury (LTI): leg injured while dealing with vent flaps”