The London P&I Club
has warned its members about the potential dangers
inherent in the practice of working aloft on board ship.
In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club reports two recent
deaths which have occurred on board members' vessels. In one case, a crew
member disappeared after going to carry out routine checks on some
refrigerated containers. No-one on board witnessed the incident and, by the
time the man was reported missing, he had not been seen for some
considerable time. Eventually, he was presumed lost overboard.
In the other case, a crew member fell to his death from a painting platform
to the deck below. Subsequent investigations revealed that, even though a
lifeline had been rigged and properly secured, it was not being worn by the
The club says, "The importance of properly deployed safety measures and
procedures being observed at all times when working aloft, alone or near the
ship's rail, cannot be emphasised strongly enough.
"Crew members should always inform a responsible person when and where they
are working, and what they are doing. And they should at all times wear a
suitable safety harness and lifeline."
Elsewhere in StopLoss, the Club highlights
the problems that can arise from
the inadequate lashing of cargo, and reminds members that the collecting of
causation of evidence will be of particular importance with regard to
protecting their position.