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MSF – Near-miss: Dropped objects

The MSF has published the following two Safety Flashes regarding a number of recent near miss incidents involving dropped objects:

  • In one incident on an offshore vessel, a piece of stainless steel flat bar fell from the davit from a height of 2 metres and narrowly missed a crew member.
  • In another incident on a vessel lying alongside an installation, a steel bar about 1 metre long and 3 centimetres in diameter was seen to fall on to the deck from either the roof of a container or from overhanging scaffolding on the installation.

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