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Unsafe actions and conditions – inhibited alarm buttons

What happened?

On a vessel safety walk-round, an unsafe condition was found whereby alarm push buttons for acknowledgement/mute were kept pressed using toothpicks and scotch tape.

While these were not fire alarms, the principle is the same and for this reason, this incident has been included in a safety flash covering fire-related incidents.

Visual alarms, buzzers and sirens are installed and available for a reason.  Timely attendance to alarms is vital to protect personnel, equipment and the vessel against major failures and incidents.

Members may wish to refer to:

Safety Event

Published: 3 May 2019
Download: IMCA SF 09/19

Relevant life-saving rules:
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