Mars Report 2012 – Experience Feedback
The Nautical Institute has issues Mars Report 2012 – 46 regarding Burn Injury to Engine Cadet as follows:
A bulk carrier was at an anchorage port, loading coal. A trainee engine cadet was instructed by a senior engineer to clean the top of the waste oil tank, the contents of which was being maintained at about 70C. The top of the tank was fitted with four hinged flap lids, one of them being held open by means of a stopper rod. Whilst carrying out the assigned task, the cadet unknowingly placed his foot in way of the opening and his left leg stumbled into the tank and plunged into the hot oil, scalding his leg below the knee. After being given first aid on board, the injured person was transferred to a shore hospital and later repatriated home. The senior officer who assigned the task to the trainee cadet declared in his statement that it was the practice on board to leave one lid of the waste oil tank always open and that he had warned the cadet about this and that the oil inside was hot.
Root causes/contributory factors
1 Unsafe work practices
a. No risk assessment conducted when the job was planned, in violation of Company SMS;
b. There was no justification for the established practice of keeping one flap lid open on the waste oil tank;
c. An inexperienced cadet was assigned a hazardous task, without adequate briefing / supervision by senior officer;
2 High temperature of tank contents and no warning notices displayed at site;
3 Inadequate lighting at location.
For more details click at the Mars Report 2012- 46 Burn Injury to Engine Cadet
Source: Mars/Nautical Insitiute