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Lessons learned from crewman trapping his feet under sliding step

IMCA informs about an injury where a crewman got his feet trapped under the sliding step of an Ampelmann motion compensated telescopic gangway. The crewman did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. According to IMCA, the gap between the sliding step and the fixed part of the gangway on this system was large enough to trap the steel toecap of a regularly sized safety shoe/boot.

IMCA launches guidance for analysis and testing of DP systems

IMCA has published ‘Guidance to Identify DP System Components and their Failure Modes’. This document is additional to the Association’s current guidance on Dynamic Positioning. IMCA M 247 identifies the different components of a DP system and guides on how these systems might fail.

IMCA to launch a web-based method to collect safety statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association, launches a new web-based method for collecting safety statistics from its contractor members. This will result in simpler, more timely reporting, and the ability to easily benchmark performance. IMCA supports that the easy completion and the ability to benchmark company performance will conclude in higher data submission rates than in the past.

Following instructions vital to avoid injuries

IMCA published an accident report concerning a seafarer who was hit by a steel plate that bounced off the deck. The crew member was later sent to the hospital for a check up but returned to work the day after.

Heavy tensioner pad falls near deck supervisor

According to IMCA, during a trans-pooling of an umbilical, a tensioner pad fell from 11 m height and landed to the under-deck carousel, in a close distance to the deck supervisor and, luckily, no injury occurred.

Glow sticks may hide chemical risks

According to IMCA, glow sticks when are not properly stored and exposed to high temperatures may break open. The chemical substance which makes them glow could be released from the stick and lead to chemical accidents. In combination with manufacture issues, the risk of such an accident could escalate even more.

Inspection of equipment crucial before use

According to IMCA, seamen made a complaint to the Chief Officer regarding the quality of the grinding discs. Namely, the discs only grinded one spot before disintegrating and pieces were flying. The discs looked like a normal grinding disc, but also bore the text ‘cutting’, leading to the conclusion that they were cutting discs.

Proper risk awareness needed when moving sharp objects

IMCA published an accident report focusing on a crewmember that had a crucial injury when trying to move a mud agitator with unprotected blades. To this result, the seafarer got his leg injured and was given first aid onboard and onshore. Luckily, the seafarer returned to the vessel the same day.

Proper communication vital for safe onboard operations

In its latest safety report IMCA analysed an accident concerning a seafarer suffering from a serious hand injury while using a quick release mattress handling beam. The causes addressed in the report were the lack of communication between the crew members and the design of the pin engagement mechanism and the width of the slings.

Diver injures his finger in attempt to close bell door

As IMCA informs, a diver had a major injury to his finger that could cause possible infection if he had not been decompressed. While the dive team was attempting to close a bell door, the door moved and pinched him causing a deep cut to his finger. 


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