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Inadequate safety analysis leads to fall into water

IMCA informs of an injury of a worker, who fell into the water from a ladder. Namely, the worker was replacing a control valve on the platform crane, when he realised that he would need to descend the ladder to retrieve tools for the job. Trying to do so, he lost his grip and fell 24m into the water. He suffered fractures of cervical and lumbar vertebrae.

Proper maintenance routine key to safe operations

A small fire took place on the well deck area of a diving support vessel, as IMCA informs. This happened during diving operations while the vessel was in DP3 mode. The fire was extinguished by the Bosun, using two foam extinguishers. The fire started due to sparks which fell from the starboard funnel into the well deck area and ignited a 1 tonne gabion sack containing cardboard.

Familiarity with equipment crucial to avoid accidents

IMCA informs of a near miss incident regarding a potential fire, including the overheating of oil in a frying pan. The fire was noticed as one of the engine room crew members came into the galley and noticed smoke coming from the oil which was in the pan. The galley crew were not aware of the function of the temperature sensor elements inside the deep-fryer, nor of the potential consequences if those sensor elements were in the wrong place.

Ineffective enforcement of safety standards leads to injury

As IMCA informs an engineer was injured as he was walking in the engine room searching for a tool and he stepped on a loose floor plate. The floor plate was not bolted down and slipped sideways. The engineer suffered a large laceration to his abdomen, which made him go to the local hospital. Standards, policies and administrative controls were not used effectively and enforcement was not adequate.

IMCA: 136 incidents reported in 2018

IMCA published 29 Safety Flashes covering a total of 136 incidents through 2018, the Association said in a new Information Note. Delivered regularly throughout the year, IMCA’s Safety Flash system seeks to improve safety performance in the offshore industry, by sharing lessons learned. 

Crewmember injures finger due to lack of focus

In a recent report by IMCA, an incident took place in which a crewman sustained a finger injury while using a ‘safe hands’ tool to manoeuvre a container into place. His finger was nipped between the scaffolding rack and the butt of the ‘safe hands’ tool, causing the loss of the tip of one of his fingers.

Lifeboat damaged due to inadequate risk assessment

IMCA informs about an incident where a lifeboat sustained damages because of equipment failure during a routine deployment drill. The boat contacted the ship’s side, causing minor damages. Inadequate compliance/risk seen as tolerable – the service technician certified the condition of the boats and its equipment as good.

Unsecured door leads to potential dropped object

IMCA reports an incident in which there was a potential dropped object because of an unsecured door on a load. The incident took place when a flat pack spooler unit was being lifted from a vessel onto a platform. After an investigation was concluded, it revealed that the antiluce drop lock had no means of secondary retention during transportation.

AB slips over side after not following established procedures

As IMCA informs, during mooring operations, an Able Seaman (AB) jumped from the ship to the quayside to receive the mooring ropes. In his attempt, he slipped over the bulwark and fell over the side into the sea from a height of 1.75m. At that time, the gap between the vessel and the quay was 0.5-0.6m.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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