A frequently recurring type of accident in shipping is crush injuries to hands and arms in connection with loading, mooring, maintenance work in the engine room and on deck, and also among service personnel. Crush injuries can have major consequences for those affected in the form of amputations, reduced mobility and long recovery times. We have looked at the statistics from 2011–2016 and found 44 incidents where a crew member was so seriously injured it resulted in at least 72 hours of sick leave.
• 10 cases of amputated fingers or arms.
• 13 cases of crush wounds and fractures.
• 21 cases of open wounds, swelling and pain.
• 17 injuries have occurred during maintenance work on deck or in the engine room.
• 4 incidents took place in doors that closed unexpectedly.
• 16 incidents took place in connection with loading, mooring or handling of fishing equipment and research tools.
• 7 incidents took place in connection with work in the service department.
The majority, 35 of 44 reported accidents took place on passenger ships, RoRo ships, dry cargo and bulk carriers. Crushing in-juries often seem to be due tostressed working conditions and a shortage of time in combination with badly adjusted door closers, or door-stoppers that do not work or are not used correctly. A lot of accidents could be avoided if crew members waited for a helping hand, or if they could discuss together how certain common deviations and dangers in connection with mooring or cargo handling could be avoided. It is also important that the shipping company’s safety policy is clear in stating that safety always comes first.