IMCA Safety Flash summarizes key safety matters and incidents
IMCA has issued Safety Flash to summarize key safety matters and highlight lessons learnt from an incident in which crew was found conducting welding operations in an area of a vessel where hot work was forbidden.
The incident occurred when arrangements were being made for the installation of steel shelves in a storage cage on the upper tween deck. This area upper tween deck is below the main deck, amidships.
A permit to work was raised for this operation and was signed by the rigging supervisor as Area Authority. The welder set up the required equipment at the worksite and was in the initial stages of the task when the Chief Engineer walked by on a routine inspection and stopped the job. The Chief Engineer explained to the welder that he was about to weld onto a fuel tank which is located on the other side of the deck, and called an ALL STOP.
Investigation noted a series of failures which brought about this event:
The following actions were taken:
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