Australian Shipping Safety Incidents Statistics

The information contained in this post are extracts from The ATSB “Australian Shipping Occurrences Statistics 2005 to 2012” which provides information on what accidents and incidents have happened during the analysis period, how often they have happened, and what can be learnt from them. Incidents, and injuries happen more often than is widely believed. Some of the most frequent accident types are preventable, particularly fatalities to crew and shipboard workers. Lessons learned from the experiences of others in the industry can help identify the safety risks in their operation that could lead to a similar accident or serious incident. Analysis of reported occurrences helps to understand why accidents and incidents happen, and where the major safety risks are.

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PSA Report on Status and Trends for Work Accidents for 2012

Last April PSA Norway released its annual report on trends in risk level on the Norwegian shelf (project started in the year 2000). The objective of this annual report is to measure the impact of the industry’s HSE work, to identify any areas that are critical to HSE and to increase insight into potential causes of accidents. In this post we present the results of the report regarding work accidents involving fatalities and serious personnel injuries.

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Death of Second Mate while Evacuating Injured Seaman – Investigation Report

This investigation report refers to the serious injury of an ordinary seaman and the subsequent death of the second mate during evacuation procedures of the ordinary seaman in the port of Alger in 30 September 2011.

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Fatal Injuries in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations US 2003–2010

During 2003–2010, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry (onshore and offshore, combined) had a collective fatality rate seven times higher than for all U.S. workers (27.1 versus 3.8 deaths per 100,000 workers). The 11 lives lost in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion provide a reminder of the hazards involved in offshore drilling. To identify risk factors to offshore oil and gas extraction workers, US CDC analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), a comprehensive database of fatal work injuries, for the period 2003–2010. The following findings of US CDC report describe the results of that analysis, which found that 128 fatalities in activities related to offshore oil and gas operations occurred during this period. Transportation events were the leading cause (65 [51%]); the majority of these involved aircraft (49 [75%]). Nearly one fourth (31 [24%]) of the fatalities occurred among workers whose occupations were classified as “transportation and material moving”.

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Jurong Shipyard Jackup Rig Accident

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower Reported today that a jackup rig tilted at Jurong Shipyard injuring about 90 workers. Fortunately the majority of the workers had minor injuries although one worker was reported to be  in a critical condition and 22 more were seriously injured. Some of the injured are said to have been sent to National University Hospital (NUH) and Alexandra Hospital. All injured shipyard personnel has been dispatched to four hospitals.

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MAIB Releases 2011 Annual Report

Earlier today MAIB released the Annual Report for 2011 containing information for accident investigations during that period. According to the report there was a wide variety of accidents to merchant vessels investigated during 2011. For the second year in succession there were no UK registered ship losses and the number of accidents, as a ratio of the size of the fleet, was the lowest recorded by MAIB. The number of fatalities on UK registered vessels >100gt has risen slightly compared with 2010, but is still low, and the number of injuries to crew is at its lowest ever level. A further 8 seafarers lost their lives on foreign registered vessels while operating in UK waters, including 6 from the Cook Islands registered bulk carrier Swanland, which sank in heavy weather off the north Wales coast in November.

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Brief Analysis of Lifeboat Accidents

Lifeboats onboard merchant vessels although designed to save lives during emergencies on occasion they end up taking lives during drills or actual emergencies. The cause of a lifeboat accident can be easily attributed to human mistakes but a more thorough analysis may reveal that other factors may be the actual root cause of the accident. Basically the main causes of lifeboat accidents can be categorized to inadequate design, inadequate maintenance and inadequate training.

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