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IMCA safety flashes disseminate important information on incidents and potential hazards and the lessons learnt from them that can help prevent incidents occurring elsewhere in the industry.

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Near miss with high pressure gas due to incorrect procedures 

What happened A crew narrowly avoided potentially serious problems with a high pressure gas supply by stopping and thinking things through. The near miss occurred whilst a crew were setting […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 19/23

MSF: person injured falling between decks

The Marine Safety Forum (MSF) has published Safety Alert 23-06 relating to someone who fell 2m between decks on an AHTS (Anchor handling vessel) alongside in port. What happened The […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 19/23

Restricted air supply to diver

What happened? During a diver recovery drill, a contracted subsea company encountered significant issues that led to the standby diver momentarily losing his main air supply.  This restriction in the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/23

Fire in diesel generator following tests

What happened There was a small fire in the engine room on a vessel in port. The incident occurred when a diesel generator was being maintained by a third-party maintenance […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/23

Chain caught and broke

What happened Crew were removing a hydrogen gland from a generator using a lifting attachment, two chain falls, and an overhead crane. One of the chain fall’s pull chains caught […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 18/23

Finger injury during lifting operations

What happened With a vessel alongside, crew were using the vessel crane to move a pallet of cylinders (part of the vessel’s hydraulic system) from one deck to another. This […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/23

Hand and finger injuries

Given that the previous four events in this Safety Flash are all hand injuries, some of them quite serious, even shocking hand injuries, we pause to reflect for a moment, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 17/23

Person slipped on stairway while wearing shoe covers

What happened A person was making their way down a vessel staircase, wearing coveralls and safety boots with company approved shoe covers on. While descending the stairs, the person slipped […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 16/23

Lifting chains parted – hydrogen embrittlement

What happened Three of four lifting chains on a load parted while the load was being lifted. The incident occurred in the last lift of sections of grillage from a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/23

Davit hook failures

What happened A member reports two separate instances where a workboat davit hook, and life raft davit hook components, have failed. What went wrong Our member took the following actions: […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 15/23

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