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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)  
Location   (show map):at sea off Queensland Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 19 July 2011  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 20 August 2012