In the marine reporting system for accidents and near-accidents, Insjö, there are currently 2,366 reports. One particularly interesting event concerns the CO2 system on a ship. It may be noted that the arrangement as described in the report does not fulfil approved standards.
A seaman was fetching a long handle for a paint roller from the paint stores when it fastened in the cable to the CO2 system, at which point the CO2 was released. The reason for this was that the cable release for the CO2 was hanging loose about 30 cm inside the paint store.
Since the door was open the seaman was able to back out quickly to safety. Had the door been closed and for some reason the seaman had been unable to get out in time, a serious accident could have occurred.
Actions to be taken: The release cable should be housed in a tube so that it does not hang loose. Alternatively the CO2 bottle should be removed from the paint stores.
Insjö ID 2393/
Safety Alert 1-2009