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Fall from a Generator Platform

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[♪ music ♪] [Fall From A Generator Platform UK P&I CLUB]

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?"

The duty engineer and oiler were assigned the task of replacing a damaged diesel generator exhaust gas thermometer, requiring a section of the exhaust manifold to be dismantled. Before starting the job, the crew members held a pre-work safety meeting and made all necessary tools and equipment ready.

After first removing the manifold covers and a section of insulation to gain access, the engineer used a compressed air hose to blow away particles of dust and dirt from the exposed exhaust pipe. While doing this, he leaned backwards to avoid dust blowing into his face and lost his balance, falling from the platform onto the deck, more than two meters below. The engineer was given first aid and hospitalized at the next port of call, where he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone and other injuries to his arm and shoulder.

How did this happen? The generator engine platform was designed and fitted with a single fixed guard rail of about one meter in height. Without a middle rail, the engineer was able to fall between the rail and the platform when he lost his balance, while in a crouching position. After performing a post-accident assessment, the crew fitted horizontal chains halfway between the upper rail and the platform.

At the time of the accident, the vessel was rolling and pitching in moderate sea conditions, which may also have caused the engineer to lose his balance. Although he was using eye protection, the engineer should also have worn a suitable dust mask when performing work of this nature.

The following practices could have prevented this accident. A thorough on-site risk assessment should be performed to identify any potential hazards and required safety precautions. Elevated walkways, platforms, and openings should always be fitted with top and intermediate guard rails. If there is any risk of falling from height, wear a safety harness.

Carefully consider the necessity of performing any work at height if the ship is pitching and rolling. Be alert to the possibility of loose tools and equipment falling from height or interfering with safe access. Be careful using compressed air. Never direct it at body parts, and always wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

Now that you've seen this video, 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. [♪ music ♪]

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Duration: 4 minutes and 2 seconds
Country: Andorra
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
Genre: None
Views: 7
Posted by: maritimetraining on Jan 9, 2019

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