Safety Bulletin 03 - Lifeboat Accidents


A seaman was killed and two other seamen were seriously injured when the lifeboat they were in fell 20 metres to the water after the wire falls parted. The limit switches did not operate and the falls parted when the davits came up to their stops with the winch motor running. Another fatality was only prevented by a crewmember's safety helmet. This was one of three similar accidents where lives were put at risk.

Type: Safety Education Material
Publication date: 1 December 2003
Last update 07 April 2014
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