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MAIB REPORTS ON CARGO VESSEL SLING FAILURE

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 

The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its findings into an incident in March 2019 when two crew of a general cargo vessel were injured by a falling load.

The Hong Kong registered general cargo vessel, ZEA Servant, was berthed in Campeltown, Scotland, when a suspended load - the cargo hatch lifting gear - fell and struck two crew members. As the load was lifted by crane from where it had been stored, a shackle on the gear snagged. The crane was stopped but not before the fibre sling attaching the gear to the crane’s hook parted under tension, and the load fell to the deck, striking the two crewmen. Both crewmen had been standing close to the suspended load in order to guide it out its storage area, where previous snaggings had occurred.

The report highlights two safety issues: first that both injured crewmen were standing within the hazardous zone beneath a suspended load, but no action was taken to halt the operation; and second, that the operation being undertaken had not been subject to a risk assessment and the storage areas was inappropriate due to the snagging hazards. MAIB has, given actions subsequently taken by ZEA Servant’s managers to improve safety and prevent recurrence, issued no safety recommendations in the report.

 

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