In recent time, a number of serious events have occurred during mooring when hawsers have snapped. On a couple of occasions in recent years, deaths have occurred. It is not possible to over-emphasize the need for risk assessment of the work situation at mooring stations. It is advisable, for example, to mark areas that should be avoided when hawsers are under tension. Factors which may affect the sequence of events include:
· Inappropriately designed equipment that allows errors to occur (too strong and too long guide pin in one case).
· Incorrect positioning of hawsers.
· Risky places for seamen to carry out mooring work.
· Worn hawsers.
Broken hawser caused death
When mooring, the bow line was laid around the bollards, and the machine slowly pulled the ship in towards the berth. The hawser snapped and hit a seaman, who was injured so severely that he died on the way to hospital.
SLma 16.03 TSS 2013-144