The fall arrest equipment used was incorrectly attached to the workers on the suspended platform. Consequently, had either of them fallen from the platform the equipment would not have worked correctly, resulting in serious or fatal injuries.
Berge Bulk Maritime
30 October 2019
Berge Bulk Maritime has advised the ATSB that it has taken the following actions to address this issue:
completed on board working aloft training of all staff
completed on board training in bulk carrier personal safety and environmental protection including working safely in cargo holds and the correct donning and use of personal protective equipment
added a mandatory working aloft training module to fleet‑wide on board training programmes, which is repeated every two years. This programme includes modules on working aloft risk identification, safe access at height and safe methods of work at height.
Current issue status:
The safety actions taken by Berge Bulk Maritime will significantly reduce the likelihood of a similar future occurrence.