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Dangers associated with use of grinder

Issue number: MO-2010-005-SI-01
Who it affects: All seafarers
Issue owner: NSC Schiffahrtsgesellschaft, Germany
Operation affected: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 276-MO-2010-005
Date: 17 February 2011

Safety issue description

The oiler’s actions indicate that he was not aware of the dangers associated with the use of an angle grinder to remove the top of the drum.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: NSC Schiffahrtsgesellschaft, Germany
Action number: MO-2010-005-NSA-003
Date: 17 February 2011
Action status: Closed

The ATSB has been advised by NSC Schifffahrtsgesellschaft that instructions for hot work have been reviewed and precaution measures against possible fire and explosion of empty drums has been added. It is now strictly forbidden to use an angle grinder while working with empty and potentially dangerous used drums unless properly cleaned and well ventilated.

All crew members have been informed about the prohibition.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by NSC Schifffahrtsgesellschaft adequately addresses the safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The action taken by the management includes reviewing the use drums in engine room, prohibiting the use of angle grinder on drums which are not cleaned or ventilated.

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Last update 06 March 2014