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Snake on-board vessel

What happened?

During a safety walk round, it was observed that a snake was on top of the anchor winch while vessel was at anchor near a port.

What were the causes?

Summer is the season where personnel can come into contact with snakes due to warm weather.  In ports in some parts of the world, it is a common occurrence for snakes to climb up chains and ropes.

Actions to be taken in case of snake bite:

  • Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake;
  • Cover the wound with a loose sterile bandage;
  • Remove any jewellery from the area that was bitten;
  • Have the person lie down with wound below the heart;
  • Be ready to describe the snake to emergency staff, pictures of the snake will be helpful;
  • Contact DPA for shore medical assistance arrangements.

Safety Event

Published: 12 November 2019
Download: IMCA SF 26/19

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