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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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