Severe personal injury when mooring

A crewmember was so badly injured by a winch during mooring work that one of his legs had to be amputated.
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personskadaA crewmember was so badly injured by a winch during mooring work that one of his legs had to be amputated. According to information, the winches onboard the ship were only used to take up slack in the mooring ropes, which were then made fast to bitts on the deck. The procedure caused the mooring rope to have a dangerous angle between the winch and the bitt, with a roller in the center. The crewmember was standing between the winch and the roller in the middle of this angle. He pulled the lever on the winch to take in the mooring rope. Suddenly there was a crack and the roller broke loose from its base. The mooring rope snapped free, hitting the crewmember on his legs, who held on to the lever by reflex. This pulled him into the winch, where he was crushed. His injuries were so severe that one of his legs had to be amputated later. The Transport Agency wishes to draw attention to the risks involved in mooring work. The crewmembers who carry out this work must be well aware of the risks and work in accordance with established and documented procedures. The equipment used must be strong enough to withstand the forces which may occur. Painting warning lines around and on the winches may raise safety levels in some cases, and it may be possible to select mooring ropes that are less likely to whiplash if they break. Inexperienced crewmembers who participate in mooring work should be kept under supervision by those with more experience.
Understanding mooring incidents, UK P & I Club LP News January 2009); SFu journal no. 06.05.02-2010-2099

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