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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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Dropped welding fume extraction hood

What happened During pipelay activities onboard a vessel, a welding fume extraction hood (which weighed 215kg) fell onto a work station below. A crew member working in the welding station […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/24

Trapped finger during mooring operations

What happened A deckhand injured the fingers on his right hand during mooring operations. The incident occurred when a vessel was headed to the pontoon to moor alongside her regular […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 09/24

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

MSF: two dropped object incidents

Incident 1 – dropped metal wedge A pin was required to be pulled on a hinge system for the dynamic gangway system on a W2W (walk-to-work) vessel. As part of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/24

Diver in the bell hit by falling object

What happened? A diver in the diving bell was hit and slightly injured by a water bottle containing a gallon of water (4.5kg). Diver #1 left the bell and was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/24

Two hand injuries

What happened A member reports two hand injuries. Incident 1 As a Pilot climbed the vessel’s access hatch to the under-deck passage, his backpack straps entangled with the hatch retaining […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 29/23

LTI: Fingers injured during fender lifting operation

What happened? A crew member suffered severe injuries to two fingers during fender lifting operations. The injuries occurred while hauling up the webbing slings with a (13mm (half-inch) polypropylene rope […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 28/23

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