Death probe finds lack of safety procedures
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.