Man Dead! High Pressure Water Jet Severed an Artery in Thigh


This is really shocking and definitely an eye-opener. We request everyone to share it immediately with seafarers, both the deck and the engine crew.

Many should have witnessed that high pressure water jet machines are being used onboard.

On deck

  1. For cleaning deck plates, weather deck, mainly to remove salt deposits and before paint work etc.
  2. For air cooler and heat exchanger plates cleaning and other engine room services which includes economiser cleaning too.

We recommend to play the below video and show the ill-effects of using high pressure water spray over body parts.

Accident – Fatality

Local media in Sao Paolo, Brazil report that a contractor, Vanderley Ferreira da Silva, was employed for jet cleaning a ship’s hold. Though da Silva was an experienced jet operator, when he was using a high pressure water jet, it penetrated his thigh and severed his femoral artery.

“Everything leads us to believe that it was an accident with a high pressure jet, which was enough to break through the femoral artery,” said police spokesman Dirceu Lopes, speaking to A Tribuna. “We are evaluating possible criminal liability with a possible indictment for manslaughter, but it’s still early,” he added.

Fatal industrial water jet accidents are not common but they do occur; the most powerful jets have enough force to cut wood or concrete, and they penetrate skin easily.

One of the accident reports in 2008 state that an operator using high pressure water jet for cleaning lost balance and the lance accidentally directed against the chest lead to immediate fatality. Special protective equipment and careful operating practices are recommended to avoid injury.

This is really Shocking!

A High pressure water jet can damage your safety Boots!

Watch the video here –

We request those who read this case alert to share with us – the ways which can be best employed to prevent such re-occurance.

Disclaimer: This video is intended for informational purpose only. This may not be construed as a news item or advice of any sort. Please consult the experts in that field for the authenticity of the presentations.

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