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Independent investigation into the crew member fatality on board the bulk carrier Polska Walczaca at sea off Queensland on 15 November 2010

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 15 November 2010, the engine room fitter/storekeeper (storekeeper) on board the Vanuatu registered bulk carrier Polska Walczaca died as a result of injuries he received when he fell from the ship's number five cargo hold ladder while repairing a section of its hand railing.

The ATSB investigation could not determine why the storekeeper fell from the cargo hold ladder. However, it was found that, at the time, he was not wearing a safety harness and his hardhat was probably not fastened correctly.

The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of marine operations.

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General details
Date: 15 November 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1325 local (UTC +10)   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): at sea off Queensland    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 19 July 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Polska Walczaca  
Flag Vanuatu  
IMO 9011923  
Type of operation Bulk carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point Hong Kong  
Departure time 1 November 2010 approximately  
Destination Port Kembla, NSW  
Last update 03 April 2020