Marine safety investigations & reports

Engine room fatality on Golden Bridge en route to Newcastle

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 10 December 2002, the third engineer aboard the bulk carrier Golden Bridge was killed whilst engaged in maintenance work in the engine room. A perspex sightglass exploded into his face when the fresh water generator he was working on was accidentally pressurised. The explosion blew the engineer backwards and he struck his head causing a fatal injury.

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General details
Date: 10 December 2002   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Off Norah Head    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 30 September 2003   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Golden Bridge  
Flag Pan  
IMO 9118848  
Type of operation Bulk carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Japan  
Destination Port Kembla, NSW  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 19 May 2016