On the morning of 26 January 2007, British Mallard berthed at the BP Kwinana oil refinery jetty, Western Australia, to discharge its cargo.
At about 1750 on 27 January, the ship's engineers attempted to rectify an elevator fault that had been reported earlier in the day. After making some adjustments to the second deck elevator landing door switches, the electrical technician stepped onto the ladder in the elevator shaft. He then asked the second engineer to let the doors close behind him.
Soon after the doors closed, the elevator car travelled upwards and after a few seconds it stopped.
The second engineer could not open the second deck elevator landing doors. He called the third engineer, on his hand held radio, and told him to come to the second deck. The two men tried, unsuccessfully, to open the elevator doors.
The two men then went upstairs and opened the upper deck elevator landing doors. They looked down and saw the electrical technician. He had been trapped by the elevator car and he appeared to be unconscious. Shortly afterwards, the second engineer activated the general alarm.
The master reported the accident to the refinery operator while
the crew tried to free the electrical technician.
Assistance arrived from ashore and, at about 1920, the refinery doctor examined the electrical technician and determined that he was deceased.
The report identifies a number of safety issues, safety action already taken, makes one safety recommendation and issues two safety advisory notices with the aim of preventing similar events.
Marine Recommendations [ MR20070023 ]
|Date:||27 January 2007||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||UTC + 8 hours|
|Release date:||22 June 2007||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Type of operation||Tanker|
|Damage to vessel||Nil|