The United Kingdom Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued their report on the crush incident on board the scallop dredger Olivia Jean. The vessel’s engineer was fatally injured when he was struck on the head by a scallop dredge towing bar while working on deck.
The engineer had replaced two worn dredges on the starboard towing bar and stood clear as the skipper used the winch and derrick to raise and realign the dredge gear. During the process, the engineer forgot to remove one of the towing bar’s securing chains, and the dredge gear became snagged. Although the skipper had shouted instructions to the engineer to remain clear as he attempted to free the gear, the engineer stepped between the gear and the vessel’s accommodation and wheelhouse superstructure as the snagged bar released and swung inboard. The engineer suffered crush injuries to his head and was airlifted from the vessel and taken to hospital for emergency treatment. He died 12 days later.
The report identifies safety issues that include:
Importance of safety management
The MAIB issued recommendations aimed at improving the safety management on board the owner’s fleet, encouraging the proper and effective use of a fishing safety management system, as recommended by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in its Marine Guidance Note 596 (F) – Fishing Safety Management Code: Helping to improve the management of safety on Fishing Vessels.
Sunderland Marine have published various resources on safety management, including:
See our Support, Safety and Training section on our website for more details.
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