The ATSB has investigated several incidents involving unsafe working practices in the maritime industry. These incidents resulted in serious injury or death following falls from height, crushing and equipment that exploded.
The most common problem associated with these incidents was the fact that the people involved in the task did not properly identify the risks involved before they started the task. Sometimes risk strategies were not implemented, and in some cases, individuals ignored established procedures.
To some degree, these incidents involved the people being complacent about the task and this complacency was the direct cause of the injury or fatality.
Watch the dramatized video below which features the accident of a ship crew member who was tragically killed by an explosion while cutting a used 200 liter drum with an angle grinder.
Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer and entrepreneur. After a brief stint at the sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010. Apart from managing Marine Insight, he also writes for a number of maritime magazines and websites.
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