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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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Crane hydraulic hose caught on protruding grease fitting

What happened? While retracting the outer jib of the boom during crane operations, one of the hydraulic hoses caught on the protruding grease fitting of the boom bearings, which could […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 29/20

MAIB: Loss of cargo containers overboard from container ship Ever Smart

What happened? The United Kingdom Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published Accident Investigation Report 14/2020 relating to an incident in which 42 freight containers were lost overboard during a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 28/20

US Coast Guard: Addressing hazardous area electrical issues

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has published Safety Alert 05/20 entitled Electrical Issues Spark Major Concern – Addressing Hazardous Area Electrical Installations Knowledge Gaps. The Safety Alert emphasizes the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 28/20

LTI: Leg Fractured While Loading Tubulars

What happened? A load shifted during cargo operations, pinning a crewman’s leg between the deck and the load, causing a broken leg. The incident occurred on a vessel which was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 27/20

Serious leg injury from falling winch sheave

What happened? An umbilical winch sheave was being hand-rolled along the deck when it fell over and struck the leg of one of the people handling it. Crew were rolling […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 27/20

Near miss: sudden Loss of air from diver bail-out bottle

What happened? A diver was returning to the dive basket to be recovered when he heard a “popping” sound and realised his first-stage regulator appeared to have failed and the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 27/20

Dropped Object from Derrick

What happened? While running in drill pipe on a drilling vessel, part of a guide sheave failed and fell approximately 15m to the drill floor. A ‘Red Zone’ was in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/20

Near miss: Lever Hoist Failure

What happened? A lever hoist failed causing a load to descend to deck in an uncontrolled manner. The near miss incident occurred when a set of 1m trenching swords were […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/20

High potential DROPS near miss: failed crane component

What happened? Whilst preparing a crane for operations, the additional man riding calliper brake casing cover on the primary winch failed, causing the brake pad, rings and cover to fall […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 26/20

Electrical shock from containerised portable office

What happened? Whilst tidying a mobile office (freight) container, an employee sustained a mild electric shock by inadvertently touching an exposed live electrical cable which was obscured by several boxes […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 25/20

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