Lessons Learned: Face Injury From Unplanned Release Of Hydraulic Fluid

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Eye and face injuries are always a serious matter. IMCA has relayed these incidents as a timely and important reminder to stop and think about risks and hazards, about your position – how you are stood or sat – when working, and about how you do certain tasks you may consider routine.

What happened

On a vessel alongside, the vessel crane driver suffered an injury to his face and left eye while in the process of setting up to remove a 8 cm (3-inch) hydraulic accumulator pressure hose. The injury occurred as a result of an unplanned release of pressurized hydraulic fluid from that hose flange.

The injured crane driver received first aid on board; the leak was stopped. The client was informed, and the injured person was taken to hospital ashore.

What went wrong

IMCA member discerned the following causes:

  • Failure to follow rules and regulations;
  • Failure to follow repair/ maintenance instructions;
  • Operating equipment or machinery without authority.

Actions

  • Ensure there are clear and concise written instructions for planned work;
  • Refresher training on Permit to Work awareness and Hazard Identification for all crew.

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Source: IMCA