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Injuries on mud mixers

The Marine Safety Forum has published the following safety flash regarding two hand injury incidents, in which crew members were injured on sharp blades on mud mixing equipment on platform supply vessels.

The first incident occurred during tank cleaning of a mud tank when a crewman lost his footing, and, on putting his hand out to steady himself, sliced his finger through his gloves on the mud mixer blade.

In the second incident, a crewman removed the protective cover fitted on the mud mixer in order to clean it. During this process he managed to rotate the blade into his own leg, causing a cut which required 6 stitches.

The safety flash can be downloaded from

Safety Event

Published: 12 September 2013
Download: IMCA SF 14/13

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