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Lessons learned: Passenger injury on access ramp

In its latest gangways guidance, the Shipowners Club describes a case of a passenger injury on the access ramp while boarding a ferry. The claimant’s lawyers supported that this incident occurred because the ramp was unattended and not because the ramp was unsafe. 

Rotating winch drum traps AB’s feet

IMCA focused on an injury where an AB suffered a fractured foot and severe abrasions when he conducted a task to re-pool a wire onto an aft deck tugger winch. IMCA notes that the boots he was wearing prevented a much more serious injury.

Crewman twists ankle slipping from offshore wind turbine power

In its 2019 safety flash, IMCA focuses on an ankle injury a crewmember suffered while conducting work inside a transition piece, the lower part of an offshore wind turbine tower. Although the crewman was slightly injured, he wasn’t able to continue its normal duties for three days. 

Incorrect securement causes rescue boat fall from ferry

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued an investigation report on the uncontrolled fall of a rescue boat during a drill onboard the RoRo passenger ferry ‘Queen of Cumberland’ in April 2018 off British Columbia, that caused two injuries. The investigation found that incorrect securement led to the fall. 

Two crew members killed on bulk carrier off Brazil

Two crew members were killed and another two were injured during cleaning a piping system onboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier ‘AP Dubrava’ in the afternoon hours of Wednesday. At the time of the incident, the ship was sailing about 150 nm offshore Brazil.

US Navy: Boots are not to blame for falls onboard

A news study by the US NAVSAFECEN showed that the boots used with the Type III Navy Working Uniform are not related to an increase in ladderwell injuries aboard ships, as it was previously reported. One of the most common mishaps reported to the Naval Safety Center is slips, trips, and falls on ladders onboard.

USCG saves four injured after collision near Wildwood, N.J

The US Coast Guard responded to a boat collision that resulted to four injured passengers aboard two vessels on Sunset Lake near Wildwood, Monday, July 15. The injured passengers were transmitted to Schooner Island Marina where local EMS were standing by to provide assistance. 

Lessons Learned: Always call the coastguard when in emergency

In the latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focused on a serious back injury caused when a RHIB tried to cross the waves of a passing vessel. The incident took place off the South coast of England, while eight passengers enjoyed a teambuilding exercise. UK MAIB highlighted that it is of a great importance to always call and inform the Coast Guard when an injury takes place on board, as they will be able to handle a critical situation.

USCG investigates allision on Calcasieu River Ship Channel

US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles is carrying out a Marine Casualty Investigation in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division to determine the cause of June 3rd vessel allision with a dredge pipeline operating on the Calcasieu River Ship Channel near Hackberry, La. The incident led to one loss of life and one injury.


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