Crew Injury during lifting operation
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has recently released Report No 11 where two crewmen on a general cargo vessel were injured when a suspended load fell.
The investigation report identified a number of failures in regard to the onboard practices of lifting operations and the care and maintenance of lifting equipment when a suspended load consisting of the ships own lifting gear fell due to a shackle of the lifting gear becoming snagged which resulted in a fibre sling parting.
Areas of particular focus highlighted in the report include the need for:
- Undertaking a task specific risk assessment, the two injured crewmen were standing within the fall zone of the lift
- Robust procedures and a lifting plan, the same lifting operation had been undertaken on a number of previous occasions with the lifting equipment similarly snagging on obstructions suggesting a failure to implement lessons learnt
- Accurately maintaining the Register of Lifting Appliance and Cargo Handling Gear, an accurate register of survey, testing and maintenance of lifting gear being a vital component of a Safety Management System
- Dedicated and appropriate area for the storage of lifting gear
Members are encouraged to share the report with their staff and to review onboard lifting procedures and practices.