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IMCA safety flashes disseminate important information on incidents and potential hazards and the lessons learnt from them that can help prevent incidents occurring elsewhere in the industry.

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Main bell wire rope failed destructive test

What happened A main bell wire rope sample from a DSV failed to an adequate safety factor after 245 bell runs since installation. Following this failure of the annual breaking […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 08/24

Lone worker collapsed at onshore site

What happened? A person collapsed at a workshop facility due to a non-work related, pre-existing medical condition. The person was unable to call for help and was not discovered until […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 08/24

A reminder on watertight doors

What happened Watertight doors that ought have been secured  shut, were observed open during a  safety walkaround. It’s worth reiterating the importance of watertight doors – the clue is in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 08/24

Implosion of chemical tank

What happened? A chemical tank, partly filled with Monoethylene Glycol (MEG), imploded on the back deck of a vessel, resulting in a spillage of around two cubic metres of MEG […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/24

USCG: hazard from discarded munitions

The United States Coastguard (USCG) had published Safety Alert 02-24 relating to hazards presented by discarded ammunition. The alert was issued to raise awareness of lurking hazards caused by discarded […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/24

LTI: person slipped climbing out of tank

What happened A crew person was injured getting out of a fresh water tank on a vessel. The incident occurred during cleaning of the tank. The injured person was in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 07/24

High potential: sea water inlet pipe leakage in engine room

What happened Vessel crew noticed seawater ingress on a pipe very close to the inside of the hull. The leak was noticed whilst the vessel was offshore when engine crew […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/24

MSF: Chemical Handling – Eye Burn

What happened The Marine Safety Forum published Safety Alert 23-20 relating to someone getting an eye injury as a result of getting chemicals in their eye. The incident occurred when […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/24

Heavy equipment fell over during manual handling

What happened? During manual handling of a heavy control cabinet, the centre of gravity was compromised, and the cabinet fell over onto a crew member’s leg, resulting in a bruise […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/24

UK HSE: Crane boom collapse

What happened The UK HSE has fined an offshore drilling company after the catastrophic collapse of a crane boom. See here for the press release. The HSE reported: “Nobody was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/24

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