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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|Date:||15 November 2010||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1325 local (UTC +10)||Investigation level:||Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||at sea off Queensland|
|Release date:||19 July 2011||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Type of operation||Bulk carrier|
|Damage to vessel||Nil|
|Departure point||Hong Kong|
|Departure time||1 November 2010 approximately|
|Destination||Port Kembla, NSW|