This is an old incident which occurred ten years ago in Aberdeen. The initial Marine Accident Investigation Branch report here was brought to members’ attention as IMCA SF 04/13 Fatal crush injury during vessel hull maintenance. It is brought to our attention again following a further report published by the Scottish government in April this year.
On 10 June 2012, the bosun on board a platform supply ship was fatally injured when he was crushed between the ship’s hull and the lifting frame of the ship’s fast rescue craft (FRC). The bosun was the FRC’s coxswain and the FRC was being positioned alongside the supply ship’s port quarter to repair a small area of damaged paintwork. The bosun suffered severe internal chest injuries and was evacuated ashore for medical treatment. He died soon after arriving at hospital.
What went wrong?
The MAIB investigation identified that:
- The FRC was being set against the port quarter of the platform supply ship by the prevailing swell and tidal stream and the bosun was possibly trying to push the FRC away from the supply ship’s hull;
- The use of the FRC as a painting platform had not been properly planned and the risks involved had not been formally assessed;
- There was a failure to call for emergency medical assistance in a timely way: the severity of the bosun’s injuries was not immediately recognised, and his transfer to hospital ashore would probably have been quicker if it had been arranged through the coastguard rather than the ship’s agent.
- Raise awareness of vessel crews regarding the importance of completing risk assessments when undertaking new or unusual tasks;
- Ensure that prompt action is taken when a medical emergency occurs on board;
- “Those responsible for operating…vessels…should have in place the necessary training, guidance, procedures and rules to ensure informed and appropriate responses to medical incidents of uncertain severity. These measures should ensure that an appropriate assessment is carried out as quickly as possible so that the potential medical emergencies are treated as such”
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