Death probe finds lack of safety pro­ce­dures

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A probe into the death of a man aboard an off­shore sup­port ves­sel off the Pil­bara coast in rough seas last year has found safety pro­to­cols aboard the ship were in­suf­fi­cient.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the Skandi Pa­cific on July 14, 2015, as it was load­ing cargo con­tain­ers from the Atwood Osprey oil rig in poor weather con­di­tions.

Cargo trans­fer was stopped but two crew mem­bers, in­clud­ing 39-year-old sea­farer An­drew Kelly, be­gan se­cur­ing cargo on the ves­sel in rough seas.

While se­cur­ing the cargo, the crew mem­bers slack­ened the se­cur­ing chain they had used to se­cure the con­tain­ers on the star­board side to bet­ter se­cure the en­tire stow.

About 5.23am, two large waves washed over the ves­sel’s open stern, shift­ing the un­se­cured con­tain­ers for­ward.

Mr Kelly was crushed to death be­tween the mov­ing con­tain­ers, chains and a skip.

The Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bureau in­ves­ti­ga­tion found risks as­so­ci­ated with se­cur­ing the cargo in the pre­vail­ing weather con­di­tions had not been ad­e­quately as­sessed.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion iden­ti­fied that Skandi Pa­cific’s safety man­age­ment sys­tem pro­ce­dures for se­cur­ing cargo on deck in poor weather were in­ad­e­quate with no clearly de­fined weather lim­its.

Fur­ther, there were no clearly de­fined lim­its for ex­ces­sive wa­ter on deck, leav­ing in­di­vid­u­als to make sub­jec­tive de­ci­sions about whether or not to stop work.

The ATSB also found that Skandi Pa­cific’s man­agers had not ad­e­quately as­sessed the risks as­so­ci­ated with seas com­ing over the ves­sel’s open stern when work was be­ing un­der­taken on its aft deck.

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