Safety surveys are an effective way for all organizations to obtain a complete picture of day-to-day work and safety practices. These are surveys which are being conducted regularly across all personnel to detect unsafe conditions due to unsafe and unauthorized activities.
In the latest publication of its ‘Lessons Learned’ series, the UK P&I Club described a serious eye injury of a crew member while securing a tow. The Club noted that three crew members were probably not enough to safely manage an operation of this nature.
New technologies are rapidly entering the inspection era, adhering to the contextually digital transformation trends, while major classification societies are embracing the so-called Remote Inspection Techniques for class surveys. For those wondering the reasons why, safer and less intrusive surveys is the answer!
ABS Group launched Cultural Cause Analysis (CCA), a next-gen root cause analysis methodology and risk management tool which maps process safety incidents aiming to eliminate cultural hazards. It could be used as a way better understand the culture disease pathology that may be affecting a company and how best to return to good process safety health.
JTSB issued an investigation report on a crew member fatal fall onboard the cargo ship ‘Erik’, in September 2018. The investigation stressed that the crew was working in unstable posture on the ladder and that the company was insufficient in monitoring that crew members clearly understood Ladder guidelines.
In the latest issue of ‘The Navigator’, a publication by The Nautical Institute, David Patraiko FNI, Director of Projects highlights that navigation assessment is of a great importance as accidents still happen.
Despite continued industry awareness and guidance published on manual handling, several musculoskeletal injuries are reported every year, Skuld Club informs. In order to ensure a safe manual handling task, Skuld says that the TILE methodology should be adopted: Task, Individual, Load, Environment. Manual lifting should only be undertaken by personnel who have been trained to do so.
Audits are conducted periodically either by company representatives (internal) or by third parties (external) with the aim to check SMS deficiencies and non-conformities. As non-conformity is considered an observed situation where objective evidence indicates the nonfulfillment of a specified requirement. Additionally, audits take place in case an organization requires an overview with a view to change its initiatives.
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.
Canada has awarded a contract to Dartmouth-based London Offshore Consultants, for the development of a risk assessment methodology related to hundreds of vessels of concern (abandoned, wrecked or dilapidated vessels) in Canadian waters or on Crown land.
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