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Eye Injury to Fitter

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[♪ music ♪ TM] [Eye Injury to Fitter] This incident is based on the experiences of the UK P&I Club. Accidents like the one you're about to see can and do happen. As you watch this short clip, ask yourself, "Could this happen on my ship?"

A tanker was lying at the port anchorage waiting to berth. During this period, an engine room fitter was instructed to fabricate a steel locking pin. The fitter put on his personal protective equipment, including a full-face visor. He then began fabricating the locking pin in the workshop using an electric angle grinder.

[180 mm] The electric grinder was fitted with a 180-millimeter diameter disc. But several minutes into the job, he switched to using a pneumatic grinder [100 mm] which was designed for a maximum disc size of 100 millimeters. However, as he believed a larger disc was still needed for the job, he removed the smaller disc and the safety guard [160 mm] to make room for a larger 160-millimeter disc. He continued with the task, using the now unguarded grinder.

Suddenly, without warning, the disc shattered. A fragment of the disc flew towards the fitter and penetrated his face shield, seriously injuring his right eye. Other crew members rushed in to give him first aid, and arrangements were made to transfer him ashore for medical treatment.

So how did this happen? The fitter probably switched from using the electric grinder because of the higher power provided by a pneumatic grinder.

Installing, cutting, and grinding discs larger than the size for which the power tool is designed or with a lower maximum rated speed than the maximum speed of the tool is a dangerous practice and increases the risk of disc failure. Furthermore, the removal of safety guards on power tools exposes the operator and others to serious injury from flying work debris and broken discs, as well as to the additional risk of body parts making contact with the high-speed rotate of the disc.

The following practices could have prevented this workshop accident. Ship managers and officers should enforce a zero tolerance policy towards the misuse and abuse of power tools, including the removal of safety guards. Manufacturer's instructions for the safe use of power tools must be readily available to the crew and strictly observed.

The inspection and maintenance of power tools should be included in the vessel Planned Maintenance System. Crew should receive appropriate supervision and training in the use of power tools and be aware of the consequences of misuse and noncompliance with safety precautions. Remember, angle grinders in the wrong hands are lethal weapons.

Now that you've seen this video, [ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS] ask yourself these questions. What personal action can you commit to to avoid an incident like this on your ship? [PAUSE THE VIDEO TO ANSWER THE QUESTION]

What are the procedures and controls on your ship that would prevent this from happening? [PAUSE THE VIDEO TO ANSWER THE QUESTION]

What could cause those procedures and controls to fail? [PAUSE THE VIDEO TO ANSWER THE QUESTION]

What can be done to make the procedures and controls more effective? [PAUSE THE VIDEO TO ANSWER THE QUESTION]

[For more information please visit] Thank you for watching this learning video. Please note that the UK P&I Club website has a wealth of further training and advisory material. Please visit to find out more.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 14 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: maritimetraining on Aug 26, 2019

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