A member has taken a focus on pilot ladders and gangways, following an incident where a gangway collapsed, causing the death of the pilot. In that particular incident, a gangway wire parted causing the gangway to pivot at the top platform hinge and fall into the sea.
What lessons were learned?
Our member noted the following:
- Accommodation ladders and gangways, and associated fittings, should be properly maintained and inspected at appropriate intervals;
- When accommodation ladders and gangways are rigged, checks should be made for signs of distortion, cracks, or corrosion;
- Care should be taken to ensure all moving parts are moving freely and are lubricated as necessary;
- Checks should be made of any lifting equipment or wires;
- Examine the underside of accommodation ladders and gangways at regular intervals;
- Rigging and derigging of accommodation ladders and gangways should be conducted under appropriate supervision.
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