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Worker falls into water during quayside lifting operation

  • What happened?

    A load was being lifted from a vessel to quayside.

    The lift should have been completed with the vessel crane, which was not available at the time.

    Crew used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) crane instead.

    ROV crane could not reach as far as the vessel crane, so the load had to be placed closer to the edge of the quay within the exclusion zone (see image).

    A worker entered the exclusion zone to feed the sling through the side of the pallet nearest the quayside edge.

    Sling snagged, requiring additional force to release it.

    Sling released easier than expected, causing the worker to lose balance.

    He fell into the water, but luckily escaped uninjured and self-rescued within a few minutes.

    Palleted water bag (load)
  • Why did it happen?

    The change in circumstances was not managed properly:

    • Work was not stopped to reassess the risk when conditions changed.
    • New equipment was used in a way that put the crewman in danger.
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  • What did they learn?

    When the scope of work changes, stop the work and reassess the risks (management of change (MOC) process).

    Hold pre-job safety talks to ensure all workers involved (including third-party personnel) understand the job and the hazards.

    Emphasise the need for good situational awareness and do not allow personnel to put themselves in the line of fire (e.g. worker entered the exclusion zone during the lift).

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  • Ask yourself or your crew

    What should you do if elements of your job change during work (e.g. equipment, scope of work etc.)?

    How can you safely release a snagged sling during a lift?

    What other hazards might you encounter during lifting operations from vessel to quayside?

    What is our emergency procedure if someone falls in the water?

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Published on 27/11/20 250 Views 0 likes

A team were using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) crane to lift a load from a vessel to quayside. The sling snagged on the load and whilst the worker was releasing it, he lost his balance and fell into the water. Luckily, the worker escaped uninjured and self-rescued in a few minutes. Courtesy of IMCA