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IMCA Safety Flash SF-18-23

IMCA has published Safety Flash 18-23

Click to download the IMCA Safety Flash 18-23 here

Restricted air supply to diver
  Subsea camera still of twisted umbilical
What happened?

During a diver recovery drill, a contracted subsea company encountered significant issues that led to the standby diver momentarily losing his main air supply. This restriction in the air supply resulted in the diver going on bailout and the drill being aborted. Both divers were safely recovered to the surface.

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LTI – crew member fell down open hatch
What happened

During mooring, a crew person was attempting to secure the rope on the aft section of the vessel. While performing this task, the person stumbled and fell into a hatchway which had been left open. The fall caused the individual to suffer three broken ribs, which led to a Lost Time Injury (LTI).

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Fire in diesel generator following tests
What happened

There was a small fire in the engine room on a vessel in port. The incident occurred when a diesel generator was being maintained by a third-party maintenance team. On completion of a change of alternator bearings, the generator was tested at idling speed, and no problem was found. But when the generator was tested at operational speed, after a few minutes fire came out of the non drive end exciters. The alarm was raised; the diesel generator was brought to an emergency stop and the fire was put out with an extinguisher.

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Chain caught and broke
   
What happened

Crew were removing a hydrogen gland from a generator using a lifting attachment, two chain falls, and an overhead crane. One of the chain fall’s pull chains caught on a bolt and broke. The bolt was on the top of the generator and was there to hold a protective cover sheet in place. There were no injuries.

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BSEE: Overhaul Ball falls to deck resulting in High Potential near miss
What happened

The United States Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert 460 relating to a dropped object during lifting operations. While conducting crane operations during decommissioning/well abandonment, a 350kg crane “headache ball” fell 8m to deck and landed less than 60cm from one of the riggers.

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