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BSEE: Confined space entry – tank cleaning

The United States’ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert 477 relating to working in Confined Spaces. In recent months, BSEE has observed a trend of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/24


Vessel damaged in contact with platform

What happened A CTV (crew transfer vessel) collided with a fixed platform when one of the engines failed. The CTV was approaching a platform to transfer crew onto it, when […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/24



Failure of self-righting frame on Fast Rescue Craft (FRC)

What happened? During a routine rescue drill the self-righting frame assembly fell off the Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) into the water while the FRC was transiting at approximately 15 knots. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/24

Fall Protection – Defective Safety Harness

What happened During equipment recovery operations on the back deck of a vessel, a technician felt something unexpected around the Dorsal ‘D’ ring on the back of his safety harness. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/24

MSF: two dropped object incidents

Incident 1 – dropped metal wedge A pin was required to be pulled on a hinge system for the dynamic gangway system on a W2W (walk-to-work) vessel. As part of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/24

Day Signal mast broke off and fell to deck

What happened? On a offshore field support vessel waiting on poor weather and experiencing high winds, the Day Signal mast on the roof of the wheelhouse broke off and part […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/24

Person injured going down ladder

What happened A person was descending the fixed ladder of a carousel manhole. He lost his footing on the last three rungs, approximately 87 cm from the flooring. Falling backward, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/24

LTI – forklift knocked spooler bar onto person’s leg

What happened While helping with spooling operations at a third-party yard, a person was injured in the lower leg, when a forklift truck struck the edge of a spooler bar […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/24

MSF: LTI – Engineer scalded

What happened The MSF published Safety Alert 23-14 in which an engineer received severe scalding injuries when working in the engine room. The incident occurred during operations on a platform […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/24

MAIB: Deep fat fryer fire

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch published Safety Digest 2/2023, consisting of lessons from recent Marine Accident Reports. IMCA has reviewed the report and passes on to members some of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/24

Diver in the bell hit by falling object

What happened? A diver in the diving bell was hit and slightly injured by a water bottle containing a gallon of water (4.5kg). Diver #1 left the bell and was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/24

Divers lifted off seabed by Clump Weight

What happened? Whilst the Diving Support Vessel was conducting subsea diving operations, the bridge team recovered the taught wire pulling the divers from the seabed to 18m above the diver’s […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/24

Leak in hot water system for saturation divers

What happened During saturation diving operations between bell runs it was noted that Divers Hot Water Unit #2 had a water leak. The leak was investigated and located, but was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/24


MAIB: Workboat collision with wind turbine platform

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published Safety Digest 2/2023, consisting of lessons from recent Marine Accident Reports. IMCA has reviewed the report and passes on to members, as […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/24

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