IMCA Safety Flash 02/17 published

The fatal incidents contained in safety flash 02/17, information on which has been published by regulatory and safety organisations, demonstrate the need for continued attention to maintaining an effective safety culture.

The first incident concerns a fatal fall during cargo operations, where the Chief Mate was standing on the load as it was being lifted, fell, and was fatally injured.

The second relates to an unfortunate and entirely avoidable man overboard incident where a seaman painting the hull fell into the sea. This incident was wrong on every level. Proper plans were made and communicated to the crew but were not followed – an inadequately maintained Bosun’s Chair collapsed and dropped him into the sea and he was not wearing a life-jacket or personal flotation device. Finally, the rescue boat failed to start. The seaman drowned.

Click to read Safety Flash 02/17 in full: IMCASF0217