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2019/05

Report on the marine accident with Mercator LAYL7/7047356 - occupational accident at Drammen port 12 November 2018

An Able Seaman was subjected to a fatal occupational accident on board the vessel Mercator. The AB repaired a compact loader when he most likely got crushed between the shovel and the wheelhouse when he operated the lifting arms outside the wheelhouse. The investigation has shown that the risk the machine posed was high and that regulations was inadequate for mobile work equipment in use on board vessels.

All the safety features of the compact loader were disconnected. The company had not assessed the risk and did not have any procedures for safe operations, history or maintenance of the machine.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway issues one safety recommendation to the Norwegian Maritime Authority as a result of this investigation.

Safety recommendation

Safety recommendation MARINE no 2019/02T

On Monday, 12 November 2018, an Able Seaman (AB) was subjected to a serious occupational accident on board the vessel Mercator. The accident occurred while repairing a compact loader. All safety features of the compact loader were disconnected. The company had not assessed the risk and did not have any procedures for safe operations, history or maintenance of the machine. The investigation has shown that the risk the machine posed was high and that regulations was inadequate for mobile work equipment in use on board vessels.

The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board recommends that the Norwegian Maritime Authority draw up regulations on requirements for the use, maintenance and control of mobile work equipment on board vessels in order to ensure the safety of workers.

Facts

Location Drammen in Norway
Occurrence date 12.11.2018
Accident category Personal injury
Area Norwegian Territorial Waters
IMO number 7047356
Name of vessel Mercator
Accident type Occupational accident
Vessel type General Cargo Ship
Register The Norwegian International Ship Register

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