Monday 26th February 2018
We have received a Safety Alert from the Marine Safety Forum relating to an incident in which a crewmember was inadvertently hoisted by a crane on deck.
This high potential near miss provides a timely reminder of the need to:
a) ensure your PPE is properly adjusted, and
b) ensure you put yourself in a safe position prior to giving the lift signal to the crane driver
Whilst this incident happened in the offshore Oil and Gas industry, something similar could easily happen on a workboat engaged in crane operations.
The MCA have finally published and uploaded the on-line version of the Revised Workboat Code on the Gov.UK website. It can be found in the Small Craft Codes section under Statutory Guidance and is titled; "The Workboat Code, Edition 2".
Keen observers of the MCA website will have noted recent revisions to and the re-issuing of their guidance on 3 important legal areas of risk assessment.
This month we spoke to Damian Crowley, Managing Director of MARITAS (Maritime Training and Assessment Services) LTD, Chair of the National Workboat Association’s Training Group and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.