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Flash fire in field joint coating station

A member has reported the occurrence of a flash fire onboard a pipelay vessel. A fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) powder used in the pipeline coating process escaped from a coating […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/06

Wrist injury sustained during vessel maintenance

IMCA has received a report on an incident wherein a member of a vessel crew sustained wrist injuries during maintenance activities. Two crewmen were raising a small landing platform from […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/06

Fatality: Falling object

A member has advised of a fatality, the initial details of which follow. During wireline toolstring recovery, accidental contact with the wireline sheave was made, causing the assembly to fall […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/06

Recent DP incident onboard a DSV

A member has reported the following DP incident onboard a diving support vessel (DSV). The company is still awaiting information from the DP equipment supplier regarding the onboard ‘black box’ […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/06

Hand injury sustained by diver

One of our members reports an accident wherein a diver sustained severe crush injuries to the fingers of his right hand. The diver was working in saturation at a depth […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/06


Fatal fall in shipyard

IMCA has received a report on a fatal accident in a shipyard, in which one worker was killed and another was saved by his safety harness. The two workers were […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/06

Falling object – Failure of lifting appliance

An IMCA member has reported a lifting appliance failure that occurred in connection with the transport of oil barrels. Barrels filled with oil were being lifted by a vessel crane […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 02/06

Falling object – Grating fell onto pipe deck

One of our members reports an incident wherein a piece of grating, of size 37×15 cm and weight 3 kg, fell 11 metres from a catwalk onto the pipe-deck below. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/06

Hammer dropped from height

IMCA has received details of an accident wherein a tool was lost from work at height and fell 6-7 metres to a walkway. No-one was injured. Work was ongoing to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/06

Falling object – Load dropped by crane

We have received a report of a crane incident that happened in connection with the transport of a riser joint from pipe shuttle to pipe storage deck. In order to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/06

Fatality: Fall from height in shipyard

IMCA has received a report of an incident wherein a worker lost his life falling from height. The incident occurred onboard a vessel in a shipyard whilst a worker was […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/06

Breathing gas contamination

A member has reported an incident involving the contamination of a diver’s breathing gas. CO2 contamination was found to be present in three cylinders of a diver’s breathing gas (96/4%). […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 01/06

Lifting fatality

A member has reported a fatality during crane operations. The accident occurred alongside in port during the hours of darkness. A vessel was engaged in lifting operations involving the use […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/05

Failure of high pressure fitting

A member has reported an incident wherein a half inch HP fitting failed at 200 bar. Whilst no damage was sustained other than to the fitting and the whip check […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 12/05

Near-miss: Dropped object narrowly misses worker

During some pipe work on the deckhead of a production platform, a spanner weighing 1.4kg was dropped from the work place and fell 6 metres, landing only one metre from […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/05

Near-miss during lifting operations

We have received reports of a near-miss wherein a worker was nearly caught between a load and a fixed structure. The immediate cause of the near-miss was crane creep, which […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/05

Object falling from height

IMCA has received a report of an incident wherein a ‘banana sheave’ roller weighing 4.5kg came loose during operations. It fell some 24 metres from the derrick and hit the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/05

Engine room flooding

An incident has been brought to our attention wherein flooding started in the engine room of a ship. This occurred during preparation for cleaning of a sea water inlet filter. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/05

Near-miss during diving operations

IMCA has been advised of a near-miss during diving operations involving the cam lock on a KMB17 divers helmet. The diver entered the water and stopped at a depth of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 11/05

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