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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.

Armed persons approach tug off Malaysia and open fire

According to IMB, on December 5, four armed persons approached a tug towing an unladen barge, off Malaysia, and opened fire. As a result, the Master was shot in the leg. He was transferred to the hospital, while the rest of the crew are safe. According to local media, one of the crew members fired around 10 shots from flare guns at the suspects.

AMSA: Safety measures for high pressure fire-fighting systems

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued a marine notice to inform all shipowners, operators, masters and crew of the hazards when working with high-pressure fire-fighting systems and the safeguards that may be implemented to prevent injury.

Two crewmen burned in cruise ship engine room accident

Two crew members have reportedly suffered second-degree burns on the cruise ship ‘Norwegian Escape’, while the ship was underway off North Carolina, according to data provided by the US Coast Guard. The USCG medevaced the two crewmen, approximately 24 miles southeast of Atlantic Beach, on Monday evening.

Dynamic loading contributes to deck slewing crane failure

Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report on the slewing deck crane failure onboard the Maltese-flagged product tanker ‘Bozdag’, while the ship was in the port of Tallinn, on 28 November 2017. The report revealed that the dynamic loading and the sudden halt of the free falling loads were two major contributing factors to the failure of the deck slewing crane.

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. 

Right handling of scaffold tower can prevent injuries

Transport Malta published a Safety Investigation Report concerning the injury of an AB, reporting that the factor of the accident was the release of the securing lashings at the time when the crew member was still on the mobile scaffold tower. The company was recommended to make sure that climbing of scaffold is always done from the inside.

Tackling with eye injuries onboard

Regarding eye injuries, the first step in dealing with these is to record a full account of the circumstances of its occurrence followed by a careful eye examination. In order to prevent eye injuries, appropriate goggles or protective equipment should be worn while carrying shipboard jobs which pose great danger to the eyes of ship personnel (eg. welding, chipping, painting, and working with hazardous material such as oil, chemicals etc.).

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