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Two crew injured due to winch malfunction

In UK MAIB’s latest Safety Digest, two crewmen broke their wrists during a sail training. Namely, the two men were turning the starboard coffeegrinder to heave in the headsail when there was a sudden change of the handles’ direction. Examination of the gearing system identified that a load-bearing pinion on the central spindle had failed.

Inappropriate risk assessment leads to serious injury from rotating winch

IMCA informs of a serious injury that was caused by a rotating winch. Namely, a person was responsible of spooling a wire onto the main crane forward tugger. He positioned himself in a restricted space, with his foot placed on the winch. When he decide to leave, the winch hit his foot amputating five toes.

Pirates board Maersk container ship in Ecuador

According to a report by ReCAAP ISC, perpetrators boarded the container ship ‘Maersk Newbury’ at Guayaquil River in Ecuador, on October 2. The perpetrators assaulted one of the crew, but all of the crewmembers escaped and took hide. There was no injury to the remaining crew and no items were stolen.

Lessons learned: Serious scald during routine engine inspection

The second engineer stepped off the walkway and squeezed between two cylinder head covers. His boiler suit pocket became snagged on the operating lever of a jacket water vent valve. As the lever moved, the valve opened and pressurised water, at 75ºC, was sprayed over the second engineer.

Powerboat accident highlights the need for caution around new equipment

On its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a racing powerboat, when two friends decided to the test their boat at a public slipway. During the trials, the driver turned the boat around a navigation buoy when it instantaneously flipped over. As a result, both men were thrown into the sea, injured and disoriented.

Intercargo: Casualty investigation reports should not be delayed

Intercargo held its Annual General Meeting re-iterated its commitment to a safe and environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry and its support for an industry governed by free and fair competition. Intercargo focused on ‘Safe Carriage of Cargoes’ and ‘Investigation of Casualties by Flag Administrations’.

Serious eye injury during maintenance of fresh water steriliser

In UK Club’s latest ‘Lessons Learned’ article, Captain David Nichol describes a case of a serious eye injury of an engineer while conducting maintenance of fresh water steriliser. The analysis identified that the injured man had not been wearing any face protection, while a proper risk assessment had not been conducted. 

Lessons learned: Toolbox meeting could have prevented broken leg

In the latest edition of its Lookout publication, Maritime NZ describes a case of a severe leg injury onboard a dredge, highlighting that the owner company employed an engineering firm to assist with a repair and did not hold a toolbox meeting with the engineering firm and all staff members.

MUA concerned about working safety at VICT terminal

Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey warned that an escalation in hours of work at the site and inadequate manning has led to an unsafe workplace and is calling on Worksafe Victoria to intervene immediately before a worker is killed or seriously injured.

Four injured after USCG boats collide during training

A total of four crew members were injured after two US Coast Guard boats collided Wednesday, off Falmouth, during a tactical training evolution. The 29-foot tactical boat crews were involved in maneuvers and training when they collided in Buzzards Bay at approximately 1:30 p.m.


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