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Report on occupational accident on board the well boat Rohav in Bergsfjorden, Troms on 10 September 2018

On Monday, 10 September 2018, a crew member died in an occupational accident on board Rohav LLUZ in Bergsfjorden, Senja municipality. It was during preparation for the next cargo that the crew member planned to replace a hose in the hydraulic system that operated the cargo hold hatch. When the hose was disconnected, the oil leaked and the hydraulic pressure dropped, making the cylinders lose their load capacity. The cargo hatch closed and crushed the person against the hatch frame.

First aid was quickly started by the crew on board. The vessel went to Skaland to transfer the casualty to air ambulance, but life was not going to save.

The investigation showed that the hatch covers were not any equipped with any securing devices. The ship's safety manual was incomplete with regard to work tasks involving the hatch cover. Such tasks had never been identified as a potential hazard, nor had risk assessments been carried out.

The Shipping company, ship yard and the Norwegian Maritime Authority has implemented actions to prevent similar accidents to occur in the future.

Due to the measures taken, the AIBN has not issued any safety recommendation in connection with this accident.


Location Senja municipality, Troms og Finnmark
Occurrence date 10.09.2018
Accident category Personal injury
Area Norwegian Territorial Waters
IMO number 9220677
Name of vessel Rohav
Accident type Fatal Accident, Occupational accident
Vessel type Special Purpose Ship
Register The Norwegian Ship Register

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