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Fast rescue boats (Zodiac)

One of our members has recently reported an incident on of its vessels, whereby a rigger crushed his hand between the zodiac and the structure. A similar incident was known to have happened on another company’s vessel, where the rigger also received a hand injury.

The similarity between the two incidents is striking, since both involved a zodiac connecting lines, which is a routine job carried out by experienced crew.

The company concerned noted that the majority of incidents on its vessels happen when:

  1. doing routine jobs;
  2. using experienced crew (mainly riggers); and
  3. using standard equipment and methods.

The company has noted the following lessons learned from the incident:

  1. Be alert;
  2. Think before you act;
  3. Do not take anything for granted;
  4. If necessary, perform a job safety analysis.

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