Work-related accidents resulting in serious injuries

The investigation unit has recently received a number of reports about personal injuries with serious consequences.
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The investigation unit has recently received a number of reports about personal injuries with serious consequences.
FingerFinger severed when working with steel cable
Work installing a steel cable for a lift was carried out by personnel from a contractor company. During the work a repairman was holding a locking pin next to the cable. When another person stepped on the cable it became taught and the repairman’s forefinger was caught between the cable and the edge of the cable drum. The finger was severed below the fingernail. In the ship’s report the work was classified as non-routine work, which made it difficult to predict the risks involved. On the other hand, that is precisely the idea of risk assessment – to identify risks that are not always immediately apparent. The investigation unit wants to emphasise the necessity of making adequate risk assessments in connection with work carried out onboard.
Man crushed between hatch coaming and container
A man was loading containers onto a feeder ship. One of the crewmembers, a trainee, leant across the ship’s hatch coaming as a land crane lifted aboard the next container. The man was caught between the container and the coaming and was seriously injured. The risk of being crushed by a bucket or cargo under a crane is obvious. Such accidents happen from time to time, and they tend to be very serious.
Jump-ashore-Charlie – a dangerous practice
In recent years, a number of injuries have occurred when crewmembers have jumped ashore to lay the hawser when mooring. This is very dangerous. One report describes how a crewman jumped ashore from a ship with a leap. He misjudged the distance, fell, struck his face on the quay edge, was knocked unconscious and fell into the water. The captain maneuvered the ship so that the man would not be crushed between the hull and the quay. The man was lifted out and taken to hospital. He will have no lasting physical injuries.
SFu 06.05.03 TSS 2012-2324, 06.05.02 TSS 2012-1425, 06.05.02 TSS 2012-1220

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