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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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Connection failure during lifting operation

What happened? On a windfarm installation vessel, there was a connection failure during operations. During lowering and rotating of the Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) into the skidding frame for the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/22

BSEE: A note on repetitive strain injuries

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has published Safety Alert 451 relating to Body mechanics, (manual) lifting techniques, and repetitive motion leading to strain injuries. The BLS tracks […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/22


Vessel collision with underwater objects in harbour

What happened A vessel suffered underwater damage to the hull when it collided with uncharted objects in the harbour. The incident occurred after completion of cargo operations when an AHTS […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/22


USCG: Hidden corrosion on deck fittings can cause dangerous failures

The United States Coastguard (USCG) has published Safety Alert 09-22 relating to a dangerous and potentially fatal situation involving D-ring lifting points, which caused a severe injury to a crewmember. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 25/22


BSEE: Hazards associated with cranes on idle facilities 

The United States Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert #448 relating to hazards associated with cranes on idle facilities posing safety and environmental risks. What […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 25/22

Failure of moorings during heavy weather

The Marshall Islands registry has published a casualty investigation report into an incident where the drill ship Valaris DS-4 lost its moorings in heavy weather while being prepared for lay-up. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 25/22






Hydraulic Oil Leak to Sea from Downline Fitting

What happened During decommissioning, cutting work was being conducted using a diamond wire saw. A third-party supplier’s technician noticed a sudden drop in pressure, and it was discovered that 100 […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 24/22


Unsafe transportation and packing arrangements

What happened One of our members has recently experienced two near miss incidents, resulting from the inadequate packing of goods during transportation with the potential for more significant consequences and […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/22

Damage to chain hoist subsea

What happened Whilst divers were lowering a large clamp for installation, the chain block used to centralise the clamp on the horizontal member became trapped in the hinge point on […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/22


Failure of slings during loading operations

What happened Personnel were loading out heavy plant at a land-based location when there was an incident involving failure of slings. A crew were lifting a large tank with a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 23/22

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