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Near-miss: Dropped object from crane

A member has reported a near miss incident in which there was a dropped object from a crane. A protection bar from the small hook on the main crane came loose and fell from approximately 70m down to deck, leaving a small dent in the deck.

This incident serves as a timely reminder. Members are encouraged to:

  • Continue the reporting of both ‘unsafe conditions’ and ‘positive observations’ regarding dropped objects in order to share our experiences across vessels, sites and locations;
  • Continue with “dropped object searches” focusing on potential dropped objects. In particular, check cranes, masts etc. on board for loose items;
  • Renew emphasis on the inclusion of dropped objects during work planning, toolbox talks, before and after work inspections.

Related Resources

There are many dropped object incidents worthy of review. This is the 27th dropped object incident published by IMCA in the last two years – over 9% of safety incidents reported by IMCA in the last two years have been dropped object incidents. Members may wish to review some of the following incidents:

Reference Items (click to view) Published
IMCA SF 29/16 Oct 2016
IMCA SF 23/16 Sep 2016
IMCA SF 22/16 Sep 2016
IMCA SF 16/16 Jun 2016
IMCA SF 14/16 May 2016
IMCA SF 08/16 Apr 2016
IMCA SF 02/16 Jan 2016
IMCA SF 21/15 Dec 2015
IMCA SF 15/15 Oct 2015
IMCA SF 14/15 Oct 2015
IMCA SF 11/15 Aug 2015
IMCA SF 10/15 Jul 2015
IMCA SF 06/15 May 2015
IMCA SF 02/15 Feb 2015
IMCA SF 01/15 Jan 2015

Safety Event

Published: 6 December 2016
Download: IMCA SF 33/16

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