IMO’s Sub-Committee met in London from 4 to 8 of March 2018, to discuss about draft mandatory regulations in order to make lifting appliances, such as onboard cargo cranes safer. The aim of the meeting was to finalize regulations concerning the seafarers’ safety onboard and the prevention of accidents.
Specifically, the draft SOLAS regulation II-1/3-13 consists of requirements for the application, design and construction, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches.
The rules, decided by the Sub-Committee, that are to be imposed aim to help prevent accidents and harm to operators.
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Moreover, crane accidents also result to the damage of vessels, cargo, shore-based structures and subsea structures, as well as the marine environment.
During the IMO meeting, a correspondence group was established to finalize draft related guidelines for the safety of onboard lifting appliances and anchor handling winches.
Except IMO’s regulations, it is supported that autonomous crane operations will decrease the accidents and provide safety to seafarers. In other words, in addition to supervising and monitoring the autonomous discharging, the system operator will have the ability to remotely control each crane via monitors and prevent any possible accident.
Concluding, since many are the musculoskeletal injuries reported every year, Skuld Club informs that in order to be sure of a safe manual handling task, the TILE methodology should be adopted: Task, Individual, Load, Environment.