February 13, 2008
As this alert from the MSF shows, even the humble gangway can be hard on the shoulders:
Subject: Unsafe Gangway Leads to Injured Shoulder
During a crew change, the injured party (IP) was taking a petrol can down the gangway
when he tripped off the end due to the fact that the gangway was several inches off the
ground. Instinctively he put out his hand to stop himself but, unfortunately, he landed hard, hurting his shoulder. The IP was taken to the local hospital where he was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder.
The vessel had been in port all night during which time the vessel had risen on the tide which left the gangway off the quay by several inches. This was checked throughout the night by the watchman, but the gangway was too large and heavy for one man to move on his own so he waited to inform the officer on the watch (OOW) in the morning. This he did, but as they were going out to have a look, the IP was already descending the gangway.
The gangway should have been moved to its lower securing point so that it rested on the quay properly before it was used. The IP should not have descended an unsafe gangway; it should have been lowered before use.
Upper securing point
Lower securing point
February 2, 2008
Also from the MSF
Contractors Working on Board
A serious incident occurred while a maintenance contractor was using a gantry crane above a ship’s main engine.
The crane track was fitted with removable end stop pins which allowed the tracks to be arranged in different configurations. The contractor failed to fit the stop pin correctly and this allowed the crane to roll off the end of the track, trapping his hand and causing serious injury. The direct cause of the incident was identified as incorrect fitting of the stop pin.
The investigation has highlighted the need to ensure that contractors are adequately controlled and monitored whilst working on vessels. The first step in the process is to ensure that the selected contractors are competent to carry out the work required. It is essential that correct procedures are followed, ensuring that proper contractor familiarisation is provided in accordance with the company’s safety management procedures and that the Authority to Work and Permit to Work documentation is completed as required. Risk assessments must be completed and safe systems of work established and agreed before work is allowed to commence.
A further issue which must be borne in mind is that where a contractor is using ship’s equipment, it must be ensured that the equipment is suitable for the purpose for which it is intended, is properly maintained and that the contractor is adequately instructed in its operation before use.