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Infection: a scratched elbow turns into an LTI

What happened A technician banged an elbow whilst climbing out from under the slipring on a wind turbine generator. The technician notified the site manager that it was just a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22

NTSB: watertight doors – vessel sank after flooding

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States has published findings from an investigation into the flooding and sinking of a towing vessel. What happened A towing vessel […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22

Fire at sea – some timely reminders (Safety4Sea)

The online safety magazine https://safety4sea.com, which amongst other organisations, re-publishes IMCA safety flashes, has published an article entitled “Tackling fire onboard: Where we stand”. It is based on findings from […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22

High potential: electric shock near miss

What happened? An engineer suffered a minor electrical shock while troubleshooting a faulty 690V electric motor. The engineer checked the drive belt and then proceeded to measure the phases. Measuring […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/22



MSF: Corrosion in fire-fighting equipment

What happened The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published Safety Alert 22-09 relating to observations involving the CO2 firefighting system onboard a  vessel. Significant corrosion was found during routine monthly […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/22


USCG: Exceeding electrical duty rating can lead to failure

The United States Coastguard (USCG) has published Safety Alert 03-22 relating to the importance of verifying the condition and electrical duty ratings of the motor starter contactors in winch controllers […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/22


Surface decompression near-miss

What happened? During surface decompression, following a SURDO2 42msw/40min dive, the depth of the chamber was unintentionally decreased from 12msw to 5msw forty minutes into the decompression. Immediately after this […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 13/22

This is not a drill…an LTI during a drill (MSF)

What happened The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) reports in Safety Alert 22-08 an incident in which someone was injured during a drill. Crew on a vessel were undertaking a programme […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/22

Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders

The Ladder Association, in co-operation with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published Guidance Document LA455 on the safe use of ladders and stepladders, found here: https://ladderassociation.org.uk/la455/. In […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/22

IOGP: Dropped object with potential for injury – riser release

What happened IOGP have released Safety Alert 334 relating to a dropped object incident during drilling operations on a Jack-up Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit. Following running of the completion in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/22

Process Safety Fundamentals – IOGP / Step Change

Step Change in Safety https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/ has created a “Safety Moment” based on IOGP’s Process Safety Fundamentals with the inclusion of relevant incident examples. Whilst not all of the incidents occurred […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/22


MSF: Manual Handling Injury During Bulk Hose Operations

What happened The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published Safety Alert 22-07 regarding an incident where a crewman was injured during hose handling operations. The incident occurred when a vessel […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/22

Maintenance and painting – two incidents

What happened A member reports two incidents in which something went wrong owing to failures in the maintenance process. Incident 1: Material failure during lowering of lifeboat During lowering of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/22

MAIB: Loss of containers overboard – task seen as routine

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has completed a preliminary assessment into an incident where 34 containers were lost overboard. What happened On 31 October 2020, 34 containers were […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/22


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