On 7 July 2009, while United Treasure was anchored off Port
Kembla, New South Wales, two seamen fell about 8 m in a cargo hold
after the scaffolding on which they were working toppled over. Both
men suffered compound fractures and were evacuated from the ship by
helicopter and taken to hospital.
The ATSB investigation found that the scaffolding had not been properly assembled or secured to the ship's structure. The investigation also found that an appropriate risk assessment for the work had not been carried out and the relevant ship's procedures were not followed.
To avoid a further occurrence of this type on board their managed ships, United Treasure's managers have taken safety action by revising the relevant shipboard procedures. In addition, the ATSB has issued one safety advisory notice.
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United Treasure’s permit to work aloft system had not been effectively implemented on board the ship. In addition, the standard form for the permit did not ensure that the officer in charge of the work and its authoriser were not the same person and that a risk assessment was formally undertaken by at least two responsible officers.
|Who it affects:||All ship owners, operators, managers, masters and crews|
The tower was not assembled as designed. The outriggers and intermediate planks, both key components, were missing and the work platform guard rails were not used. The manufacturer’s instructions were also missing but no attempt was made to obtain them, a parts list or the missing parts.
|Who it affects:||All seafarers|
|Date:||07 July 2009||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1130||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Port Kembla anchorage|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Release date:||17 November 2010||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Serious|
|Type of operation||Bulk carrier|
|Damage to vessel||Nil|
|Departure point||Jingjang, China|
|Departure time||8 June 2009, 1200 UTC|