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Marine Safe Australia – Hand injuries

The Marine Safety Forum has published the following safety flash from Marine Safe Australia covering a number of hand injuries including the following:

  • Hand injury when folding aluminium ladder

While folding a four part hinged folding ladder to place it back to its stowage position, a person got his hand squeezed at the hinge part;

  • Severe hand injury – rotating machinery

A newly installed generator was started without belt guards in place. A person’s finger got caught by the V-belt which resulted in fracture and deep laceration to the index finger. The potential could have been loss of finger/hand;

  • Serious injury -top of thumb amputated

The V-belts of an air compressor were found to be slack after it was installed the previous day. A crewman decided to tension/reposition them again. While trying to check the tension of the V-belts, by manually rotating the assembly, his thumb got stuck between the V-belt and pulley wheel. This resulted in the top of his thumb being amputated.

The same safety flash also covers the following incidents:

  • Broken ankle due to poorly rigged walkway;
  • Man overboard;
  • Personal Flotation Device failed to automatically inflate;
  • Person struck by tugger wire assembly;
  • Person’s leg severed following entanglement.

The safety flash can be downloaded from marinesafetyforum.org/upload-files//safetyalerts/marinesafe-australasia-july-safety-flashes.pdf

Safety Event

Published: 8 September 2014
Download: IMCA SF 15/14

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