In late June 2019, a crew member onboard the scallop dredger Olivia Jean was fatally wounded when he was struck on the head by a scallop dredge towing bar. He was operating on deck at the time.
The Marine Incident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued its report on the incident in which, it claims, many safety difficulties are highlighted. For starters the report claims that the deck operations have been not currently being properly supervised or managed, next conversation among crew associates was hampered by a absence of a widespread language and the very poor degree of spoken English, and thirdly the controls listed in the vessel’s hazard evaluation to mitigate the severity had been not being adopted at the time of the incident. At last, claims MAIB, the vessel’s safety management method was incomplete and was not becoming appropriately used or taken care of on board Olivia Jean.
“Sadly, this was not the initially major accident to crew functioning on Olivia’s Jean’s deck that the MAIB has investigated,” says the main inspector of marine accidents.
“The situation and lots of of the components that contributed to this demise are all as well common. In unique, an ineffective safety management tradition pushed from the pretty prime of the organisation, experienced resulted in hazardous practices having position on board.
“The functioning deck of a fishing vessel can be an extremely harmful spot, where by great levels of interaction, supervision, and control are critical. The importance of the implementation of a sturdy basic safety administration system by fishing vessel house owners, professionals and skippers can not be underestimated.”
The Indonesian engineer on board the scallop dredger was fatally injured just after being struck on the head by one of the vessel’s towing bars when the vessel was about 39 nautical miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The engineer experienced changed two worn dredges on the starboard towing bar and stood distinct as the skipper employed the winch and derrick to increase and realign the dredge equipment. All through the approach, the engineer forgot to remove a person of the towing bar’s securing chains, and the dredge equipment grew to become snagged. Whilst the skipper had shouted recommendations to the engineer to continue being crystal clear as he tried to free the equipment, the engineer stepped concerning the equipment and the vessel’s accommodation and wheelhouse superstructure as the snagged bar released and swung inboard.
The engineer suffered crush accidents to his head and was airlifted from the vessel and taken to healthcare facility for unexpected emergency treatment method. He died 12 days later.
MAIB says that the deck crew ended up doing the job independently of every other and the skipper and engineer both became task concentrated immediately after matters started to go wrong neither had a full being familiar with of the predicament as it created and that the security society across the fleet of fishing vessels managed by TN Enterprises Ltd was weak.
Tips have been produced to Olivia Jean’s supervisors, TN Enterprises, aimed at bettering the basic safety administration on board its toes, through the utilisation and full implementation of a fishing security management technique.