IMCA reports of a near miss incident where load lifted without notice putting crew in the line of fire.
During cargo operation at an offshore installation, the deck foreman on the installation noticed that a sling was twisted while starting to heave up a cargo. An AB on deck was asked to remove the twist, when the crane operator started lifting the load without proper notice, which placed the AB between the cargo and a 20’ container. This could have resulted in a fatality or severe injury. The operation was stopped immediately; there were no injuries.
What went wrong
The crane operator had poor visibility on deck.
- The deck foreman on the offshore installation rejected the officer of the watch’s request to disconnect the crane before sending the AB.
- Nothing was done to secure the safety of the AB in charge of untwisting the sling.
- The crane operator started to lift with no instructions nor signal.
- When the situation deteriorates, STOP. Become extra vigilant, remain aware of what is going on around you, ensure good communication between all stakeholders.
- Ensure clear deck policies and stop work policies are followed.
- Don’t take short cuts, don’t hurry, don’t assume that everything is OK.
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