Safety Alert: Elbow Fracture Through Trip on Vessel Deck
A Hatch Foremen working onboard the vessel opened a bar of the access point to the required deck location. As he stepped across onto the deck he tripped over a shin-height safety chain, fell, landing on his elbow sustaining a fracture that required surgery.
Direct causes: Safety chain at a low height just above the hatch lid, it was discoloured and not clearly visible. Recommendations: Port based workers to maintain situational awareness and be aware of slip, trip and fall hazards. Task-based risk assessments / pre-job briefings should be reviewed / revised / delivered to ensure coverage of this type of vessel deck situation.
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