BSAFE CASE STUDY 09: FALL OF A HEAVY OBJECT
Published: 12 August 2021
The latest BSAFE case study looks at an incident where two crew members on a general cargo ship were injured when a suspended load fell and struck them. The suspended load consisted of wire rope legs and shackles used to move the ship’s hatch covers (“the lifting gear”), which fell because the hoist parted after one of the shackles became wedged at the storage location. Both crew members were standing inside the hazardous area around the suspended load, ready to guide the load clear of snagging hazards manually during the lift. The lifting gear had been stowed in the cargo hold ventilation duct space, where it was known to have snagged before. The lifting operation had not been formally risk assessed, and a lifting plan for the work had not been produced. Our summary, together with the learning materials and lessons learned are all available on the Britannia website.