MSS Case July: Technician fell off pilot ladder and drowned
In the July Monthly Safety Scenario (MSS) a technican drown due to insufficent instruction on how to use an inflatable lifevest.
The bulk carrier, in ballast condition, was anchored outside an Asian port during the monsoon season. The plan was that four technicians would board the vessel and do some repairs to the main engine. The plan was for the technicians to disembark from the bow of the tug. The first technician climbed up the ladder without any problems. There was a slight swell, so it was important to time the climb up correctly. The second technician grabbed the pilot ladder but at the same time a big wave hit the tug. This caused the technician to lose his balance and grip and he fell into the water.
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