Alerts iconHelicopter rotor downdraft hazards – Oil & Gas UK (OGUK)

Following a recent near miss incident, OGUK has drawn attention to the hazards of blown objects from helicopter downdraft, particularly where loose or inadequately secured equipment has been lifted into the air and fallen either overboard or been dropped onto a lower area of the vessel or installation. An S92A helicopter landed on a platform … Continue reading “Helicopter rotor downdraft hazards – Oil & Gas UK (OGUK)”

Alerts iconUnsecured object lifted by helicopter downwash

A member has reported an incident in which a bench cover was lifted into the air by the downwash of a helicopter coming into land on the nearby helideck. The incident occurred when the vessel received the first crew change helicopter of the day. During the final approach of helicopter, the downwash of its rotors … Continue reading “Unsecured object lifted by helicopter downwash”

Alerts iconNear miss during helicopter operations

What happened? During helicopter flight boarding, a member of the crew crossed a hard barrier (stairway access chain) with a restriction sign and approached the flight deck from the aft stairway while boarding activities were ongoing on the forward side. A member of the helicopter emergency response team – an offshore helideck assistant – attempted … Continue reading “Near miss during helicopter operations”

Alerts iconHelideck foam sample

Further to information provided in information note , we have been provided with the following information arising from a foam sample test onboard a vessel with a helideck. The company reports that the results from a sample from the helideck foam monitor tank submitted for testing were perplexing. They stated that the foam had a … Continue reading “Helideck foam sample”

Alerts iconLost time injury (LTI): Person fell over on helideck and broke arm

The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published the following Safety Flash regarding an incident in which a helicopter landing officer (HLO) was thrown off his feet by turbulence from the helicopter as it landed. He fell on the helideck, breaking his arm. The immediate cause of the incident was that the HLO was not sheltering … Continue reading “Lost time injury (LTI): Person fell over on helideck and broke arm”

Alerts iconAnd finishing on a positive note: A CPR success story – “we saved a life that day”

What happened? An IMCA member reports that a crew member suffered several cardiac arrests in front of his crew mates.  Immediately CPR was started, and the medic was alerted. The patient was resuscitated, but experienced subsequent cardiac events while awaiting medical air transport. On arrival of air-lift crew, the patient was reassessed by the flight … Continue reading “And finishing on a positive note: A CPR success story – “we saved a life that day””

Alerts iconUnpublished safety incidents

IMCA has been notified of slightly more than 200 safety incidents in the 15 months since the start of 2018.  Approximately two thirds of these come from IMCA members; the remainder come from other trade bodies and regulatory organisations, including the Marine Safety Forum (MSF), the UK HSE, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and … Continue reading “Unpublished safety incidents”

Alerts iconHelicopter Task Group update: Briefing on S-92 helicopter fleet

The Helicopter Task Group has published the attached briefing concerning Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.

Alerts iconHelicopter navigation experienced magnetic interference

What happened? On a normal (passenger) crew change flight in an AW169 helicopter, crew noticed a “1-2 AHRS FAIL” caution displayed in the crew alert system shortly after departure from the offshore installation.  With this caution message, electronic helicopter heading information was completely lost. What went wrong?  What were the causes? After disembarking, the passengers … Continue reading “Helicopter navigation experienced magnetic interference”

Alerts iconAugust 2013 Super Puma helicopter crash

The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published a report into the fatal accident to Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma, call-sign G-WNSB, on its approach to Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands on 23 August 2013. At 17:17 hrs UTC on 23 August 2013, an AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter with 16 passengers and … Continue reading “August 2013 Super Puma helicopter crash”