A recent Safety Flash by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), focuses on an incident, in which a crew member got his finger trapped in a hinged fall protection bar on a crane pedestal platform, causing a serious injury.
he crew member was climbing the main crane vertical ladder; when he reached the top of the ladder, he used his right hand to raise the hinged fall protection bar to gain access to the crane pedestal platform. He kept his right hand on the bar until it was at 180 degrees, trapping his finger between the bar and the handrail.
What went wrong
IMCA’s member notes that this accident is still under investigation; however, it is recognised that there is potential for a similar event to occur elsewhere where the use of the same or similar type of hinged fall protection bar has been fitted.
The following action is being taken: An immediate review of all work areas and identify if the same or similar type arrangement is fitted anywhere else.