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.
The safety actions taken by Berge Bulk Maritime will significantly reduce the likelihood of a similar future occurrence.
The training, equipment and machinery changes implemented and progressing should greatly reduce the likelihood of similar issues with working aloft and appropriate use of PPE in the future.
Berge Bulk Maritime has advised the ATSB that it has taken the following actions to address this issue: