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Fatality: Injury from an air hose

A member has reported that it is aware of the following incident, whereby a worker was struck on the head by a compressed air hose which had blown off of […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/03

Mugging and robbery

Further to a Safety Flash 05/03 (Robbery at gunpoint) a further robbery report has been received from a member. While getting a ride back to the vessel from Trinidad, Port […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/03

Positioning of emergency positioning indicating radio beacon

IMCA recently received details of an incident involving a dropped object. A vessel was undergoing a port state inspection in conjunction with a radio surveyor. During the inspection of the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/03

SARS

In respect of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) members are able to obtain advice from several international/governmental agencies around the world. For example: World Health Organisation: who.int/csr/sars/en/ US Centers for […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/03

Inflatable lifejackets fail to inflate

This safety alert was received from the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) “Recently a fisherman and a workboat crewman died when the inflatable lifejackets they were wearing failed to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/03

Tagline incident

A member has reported an incident whereby an injury was sustained by a person during lifting operations on a construction ship. A person was acting as banksman, but also assisted […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 06/03

Slip on stairs

A member reports that an able seaman slipped on an external stairway and fell heavily on his elbow, injuring himself. He had been washing down and had cleared away his […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Incident during winch-to-winch wire transfer operations

A member has reported a serious incident which occurred recently on an offshore vessel when a 7 ton SWL wire sling parted. From the diagram below, it can be seen […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Robbery at gunpoint

Working ashore or going ashore from vessels in various locations around the world has its own dangers. A member reports a recent event where an employee was robbed at gunpoint. […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Potential for fire from misuse of a coffee thermos

Not all incidents seem to be of extreme significance, but the smallest errors can lead to disastrous consequences. An incorrect connection on a coffee cup heater has led to the […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Trapping incident related to mooring system

IMCA has received a report of an incident onboard a platform supply vessel which resulted in a member of the crew fracturing his forearm. This was the consequence of an […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Thumb cut – Removal of guarding/safety observation

A member reports that while cutting a sheet of paper on a manual cutting machine, an employee’s left thumb was placed into the cutting line as the blade was pulled […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Jet pump incidents

A member has reported the following incident, whereby a man, part of a team racking jet hose, sustained an injury to his left knee. A power sheave had been utilised […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Fatality during cable-pulling operations

A member has reported the following incident, which occurred while a 76mm diameter wire rope cable was being pulled off of a passive reel mounted on an anchored flat top […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Fall hazards associated with temporary deck openings

A member has provided a note on one of the outcomes of a joint US Coast Guard (USCG)/Minerals Management Service (MMS) review of accidents on fixed offshore facilities resulting in […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 05/03

Diving fatality

Incident Overview A member has reported the following diving fatality during a surface supplied diving operation being undertaken from a platform while two divers were working in close proximity to […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 04/03

Incidents submitted to IMO relating to vessels carrying SMCs

A paper has recently been submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning vessels which despite carrying a Safety Management Certificate (SMC), had accidents on board in which the investigators […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/03

Fatality: Trapping in machinery

A member has reported the following severe accident during the inspection of a generator engine resulting in loss of life. The incident occurred in a large (12m x 3m) container, […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/03

Serious crane incident

IMCA has received a report of a roustabout being crushed during a lifting operation. The incident occurred on a rig which was in the vicinity of a platform. During a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/03

Fatality during diving operation

A member has provided a report of a diving fatality that occurred during the installation of a 20″ flexible hose (40m long) between a pipeline end manifold (PLEM) and a […]

| Included in IMCA Safety Flash 03/03

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