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Safety recommendation MARINE No 2013/19T
The fisherman was dragged over board despite the fact that the vessel owners had identified the setting of nets as a risk operation and introduced procedures for two fishermen to be present to watch out for each other in the rope room Following the accident, the vessel owners still cannot perceive of a solution other than that the fishermen must be extra vigilant during the operation. The AIBN finds that the arrangement and the working conditions in the rope room exposed the fishermen to an unacceptable high risk of being caught in the anchor rope. This is assumed to be a problem that also applies to other vessel owners as overboard accidents at sea account for 28% of all fatal accidents in the fishing fleet, and the setting of nets, trawls and purse seines alone account for 35% of all personal accidents.
The Accident Investigation Board Norway recommends that the vessel owners introduce permanent, physical measures to prevent the risk of fishermen being dragged overboard while setting nets and other fishing activities. This safety recommendation is also addressed to fishing smacks and other fishing vessel owners.
Safety recommendation MARINE No 2013/20T
On board the vessel, the safety of the fishermen was to an unnecessary degree dependant on operational barriers and the fishermen's own vigilance. This was one of many overboard accidents in the fishing fleet that have occurred as a consequence of getting one's foot caught in a rope or other fishing gear. Like previous investigations, this investigation has shown that the possibility of owners incorporating effective built-in physical safety barriers is reduced by limited access to examples of good layout solutions, insufficient attention on the part of the authorities to the fishermen's working conditions during fishing operations, few fishing-technical requirements and the fact that there are few requirements for risk analyses during the design/construction phase. Accident statistics show that most personal accidents at sea occur while fishing. As much as 35% of all the accidents occur while setting/pulling nets, trawls, purse seines or working with other types of fishing gear.
The Accident Investigation Board Norway recommends that the Norwegian Maritime Authority collaborate with the industry, research community and other competent environments to assess measures that can help to support and influence fishing vessel owners to implement physical measures/arrangements to establish barriers that can prevent accidents in connection with fishing operations.
Safety recommendation MARINE No 2013/17T
The investigation after the occupational accident on Volstad has uncovered a work practice on board where important guidelines relating to stopping the conveyor belts before attempting to sort out jammed blocks were not complied with. More active involvement on the part of the shipping company relating to the establishment and use of working environment committees, follow-up of the shipboard management’s review and internal audits could have identified and rectified this unfortunate practice.
The AIBN recommends that the shipping company Volstad AS follow up the HSE work on board and, in cooperation with the crew, endeavour to find solutions that ensure compliance with the safety management system.
Safety recommendation MARINE No 2013/18T
The accident on Volstad is one of many occupational accidents that have occurred in the oceangoing fishing fleet in connection with the use of fishing equipment and work in factories and cargo holds. The current regulations set few requirements for the design and operation of this equipment, and the authorities only assess the operational safety to a limited extent. This means that the operational safety largely depends on the individual shipping company’s ability to identify hazards, carry out risk assessment of these and implement adequate risk-reducing measures. In several investigations, the AIBN has identified weaknesses in the shipping companies’ work relating to risk assessments.
The AIBN recommends that the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, in cooperation with the industry’s special interest organisations, consider measures to improve the shipping companies’ safety management work and their ability to identify hazards, carry out risk assessments and implement adequate risk-reducing measures, with a view to improving personal safety in connection with fishing and production processes on board oceangoing vessels.
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