Swedish P&I Club issues Monthly Safety Scenario for February

The Swedish P&I Club published its Monthly Safety Scenario for February 2015 regarding injury due to falling from ladder .The Swedish Club publishes on a monthly basis a new "Monthly Safety Scenario" (MSS) to assist owners in their efforts of complying with the maritime regulations.


ladderIt was morning and the bosun and three other ABs had planned to do some maintenance work in cargo hold 1. The bosun started to scrape the parts he could from the tank top and also used an extension. After the 10 o'clock coffee break they went back to the cargo hold.

Before the coffee break the bosun had finished what he could from the tank top and had to rig a ladder to reach further up. He was working in the aft starboard corner scraping and replacing the Ram-Nek (a sealant tape) used to seal the space between the guide on the vessel's side and the movable bulkhead. The other ABs were working on the other corners. After the 10 o'clock coffee break they went back to the cargo hold.

Before the coffee break the bosun had finished what he could from the tank top and had to rig a ladder to reach further up. He was working in the aft starboard corner scraping and replacing the Ram-Nek (a sealant tape) used to seal the space between the guide on the vessel's side and the movable bulkhead.

The other ABs were working on the other corners. The bosun started to climb up a ladder, and the other ABs had their back to him. He was carrying a bosun chair, a roll of sealant and a hand scraper in his pocket. His plan was to scrape downward and apply the sealant.

All of sudden the deck gang heard a thud. They turned around and could see the bosun lying on the tank-top on his back, the bosun chair and safety harness were lying by his legs.

The hook on the bosun chair had broken and the bosun fell down. He had not secured his safety harness. One of the ABs climbed out of the hold and raised the alarm. The master sounded the emergency alarm and mustered the emergency team by the hold. The crew managed to secure the bosun on a stretcher and take him to the vessel's hospital.

The bosun was bleeding from his head, ears and nose and had fractured his legs and right wrist. He was conscious and in great pain. The vessel made contact with MRCC and a helicopter was dispatched to the vessel.

At this time the vessel was about 200 miles from land and it took the helicopter about 4 hours to arrive.

The Club recommends the following questions for incident investigation and experience feedback of the casualty:

1. What were the immediate causes of this accident?

2. Is there a chain of error?

3. Is there a risk that this kind of accident could happen on our vessel?

4. How often do we check personal protective equipment?

5. Is it included in the PMS?

6. If we see someone not using the PPE correctly what are we supposed to do?

7. How could this accident have been prevented?

8. What sections of our SMS would have been breached if any?

9. Is our SMS sufficient to prevent this kind of accident?

10. If procedures were breached why do you think this was the case?

11. What do you think is the root cause of this accident?

12. Do we have a risk assessment onboard that addresses these risks?

Source:The Swedish P&I Club