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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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BSEE: Welding and Burning Hazards

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the United States (BSEE) has released Safety Alert 482 entitled Risk Based Inspection Identifies  Welding and Burning Hazards. What happened Following inspections […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 10/24

UK HSE: worker fatally injured in oil drum explosion

What happened The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted a company after a worker was killed when an oil drum exploded during hot work.  The incident occurred when an […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/21

Inhalation of toxic fumes during hot work

What happened Two crew members were exposed to toxic fumes resulting in dizziness, headaches, difficulty in breathing, and low blood oxygen levels. The incident occurred during hot work when thruster […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/21

There’s something in my eye!

What happened? A welder reported to the Chief Officer that he had got something in his eye.  The welder had been welding closed ballast tank manhole covers before breaking for […]

Ruptured acetylene hose: Fire

What happened? A subcontractor was preparing to use an oxy-acetylene torch on the back deck of a vessel. The oxygen and acetylene cylinders were located on the quayside with the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 25/19

Sparks from funnel caused small fire

What happened? A small fire was detected on the well deck area of a diving support vessel (DSV).  This occurred during diving operations whilst the vessel was in DP3 mode. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/19

Oxygen and Acetylene hose caught fire

What happened? A small fire was discovered in oxygen/acetylene hoses. Workers heard an “air blowing sound” and left their work location to investigate. Smoke and flames were noticed and a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 20/17

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