IMCA Safety Flash 03-24

IMCA has released the latest Safety Flash.

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BSEE: Are your emergency procedures and your emergency equipment good enough?

The United States Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert 469 relating to readiness for medical evacuation and dealing with emergency hazards.

What happened

An inspection of offshore sites in the Gulf of Mexico revealed:

  • Inconsistencies in the documentation and recording of injuries and illnesses;
  • Procedural gaps and possible flaws in working practices;
  • Problems with medical support and evacuation resources,
  • All which could affect the emergency response capabilities of facilities.


High potential: navigation near offshore wind turbines

What happened

During survey operations, a chartered vessel entered a wind turbine safety zone on two separate occasions whilst attempting to achieve the closest approach line. On the first occasion, the breach was dealt with onboard the vessel with a safety stand down. On the second occasion, the vessel was immediately stood down and instructed to leave the work site until safe control measures (actions) had been established and agreed with the client.


Failure of self-righting frame on Fast Rescue Craft (FRC)

What happened?

During a routine rescue drill the self-righting frame assembly fell off the Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) into the water while the FRC was transiting at approximately 15 knots. The self-righting frame was recovered by the FRC crew and returned to the vessel, where the cause of failure identified, and repairs completed.

Fall Protection – Defective Safety Harness

What happened

During equipment recovery operations on the back deck of a vessel, a technician felt something unexpected around the Dorsal ‘D’ ring on the back of his safety harness. Operations were immediately stopped. On inspection, several points of failure were identified on and around the area of the plastic back pad of the harness (see photo).

MSF: two dropped object incidents

Incident 1 – dropped metal wedge

A pin was required to be pulled on a hinge system for the dynamic gangway system on a W2W (walk-to-work) vessel. As part of this task metal wedges were used to hold some of the gangway components in place. The job of pulling the pins was not going as expected due to space limitations, the effects of surface corrosion on the pins and the chosen method of pulling the pins. While pulling the pin out, the metal wedge in place was dislodged and fell between the gangway components, 13m to the deck below.  No-one was underneath the gangway at the time.  MSF Safety alert 23-17.