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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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A fire occurred when paint ignited in a bulk storage area on a vessel due to welding being carried out on the main deck. The firewatcher for the area had […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/97

Container incidents

Three separate incidents have been reported involving container double and personnel doors. A control van personnel door fell off whilst someone was trying to open it; fortunately the individual jumped […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/97

Explosion during removal of old resin plugs

A near miss incident recently occurred when there was an explosion of the resin/wire plug in a Wirelock ROV umbilical lifting/docking cone. Heat, applied using an oxy acetylene torch to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/97

Entry procedures

On a semi-submersible drilling unit, the port-aft column was opened up to allow a team to gain entry for visual inspection of an instrument on the cross-tubular section. Access to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/97

Potential problems with Hy Flex fire extinguishers

One of our members has informed us that the suppliers of HyFlex fire extinguishers have advised them that there is a potential problem with their DDC fire extinguishers. Following a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/97

Object falling from crane

An IMCA Member reported that during mobilisation a hydraulic jack dropped onto the main deck while work was being carried out on the straightener in the crane tower. The Contractor […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/97

Nitrox misuse

A third party fitted the wrong regulator on a Nitrox cylinder despite the fact that the quad was fitted with plastic shields marked ‘Diving Gas’. The regulator was of a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/97

Contamination of divers by unknown liquid

Two divers, when disconnecting a flange on a pipeline, encountered what appeared to be water escaping from the flange. The fluid was subsequently found to contain toxic volatile condensate compounds. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/97

The guarding of moving parts in an ROV

We have been advised of a recent accident when a ROV Technician working on a Tether Management System lost some fingers in a chain drive mechanism. The company subsequently designed […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/97

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