Two similar events, resulting in one death and one injured person, are described in a German investigation. Both cases involve vertically stowed plates for the ship’s own needs. The plates, which in different cases weighed an estimated 700 kg and 1000 kg, fell onto personnel working with them. The report highlights the problems of stacking goods vertically, with the attendant risk of tipping and sliding. The report calls on shipping companies to avoid temporary lashing and find permanent solutions instead.
Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung (BSU) Report 13/12 & 179/12 September 2013