A member has reported an incident in which a crew member was injured while washing down the main deck. While washing, the hose had developed a twist. The crew member, an Ordinary Seaman, wedged the nozzle between his left hand and chest and tried to remove the twist with the other hand. He lost control of the nozzle which resulted in the water jetting onto his face. The impact was directly onto his goggles, which were blown off by the sudden release of water pressure, allowing water to enter directly impact his right eye. He suffered corneal abrasion and slight bleeding. First aid was given on board.
Our member’s findings were as follows:
- There was a lack of situational awareness;
- There were inadequate resources for the job in hand – no-one was there to assist;
- The correct PPE was being worn;
- Immediate cause: clearing twist(s) in a pressurised water hose without first securing it to prevent uncontrolled movement due to the rapid increase of water pressure;
- Causal factor: inadequate resources and inadequate supervision;
- Root cause: The risk was seen as tolerable, as this (cleaning the deck with pressurised hoses) was a ‘routine’ recurring task. Also there was a lack of situational awareness and a failure to reassess potential safety hazards and thus consider a different course of action.
Our member took the following preventative actions:
- Further on board training for crew in safe handling of hoses under pressure;
- Ensured adequate resources stationed where required;
- Ensured better supervision by heads of department;
- Consideration of visored safety helmets, which will act as additional protection;
- Tie a tail rope near the nozzle that will help secure a pressurised hose to the ship’s structure before clearing twists or operating the main valve.
Members may wish to refer to the following incident (search word: stored):
- Lost time injury (LTI) following stored energy release and subsequent serious infection of wound – Whilst this is a subsea incident involving a diver, it is similar in that injury was caused by unplanned release of stored pressure, with consequent risk of infection from water getting into the wound, as might have occurred here in slightly different circumstances.
IMCA Safety Flashes summarise key safety matters and incidents, allowing lessons to be more easily learnt for the benefit of all. The effectiveness of the IMCA Safety Flash system depends on Members sharing information and so avoiding repeat incidents. Please consider adding [email protected] to your internal distribution list for safety alerts or manually submitting information on incidents you consider may be relevant. All information is anonymised or sanitised, as appropriate.
IMCA’s store terms and conditions (https://www.imca-int.com/legal-notices/terms/) apply to all downloads from IMCA’s website, including this document.
IMCA makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in the documents it publishes, but IMCA shall not be liable for any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained. The information contained in this document does not fulfil or replace any individual’s or Member's legal, regulatory or other duties or obligations in respect of their operations. Individuals and Members remain solely responsible for the safe, lawful and proper conduct of their operations.