Msf safety-flash-13.27

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Msf safety-flash-13.27

  1. 1. The information available on this Safety Flash and our associated web site is provided in good faith and only for the purposesof enhancing safety and best practice. For the avoidance of doubt no legal liability shall be attached to any guidance and/orrecommendation and/or statement herein contained.- 1 -Marine Safety Forum – Safety Flash 13-27Issued: 24thJune 2013Subject: Sharp Mud Mixers on Platform Supply VesselsIncident 1 – During tank cleaning of a mud tank on-board a PSV the cleaning operative lost hisfooting due to sticky excessive fallout and on putting his hand out to steady himself sliced his fingerthrough his gloves on the mud mixer blade. Cleaning operative received on site first aid treatment.Incident 2 – During the last stages of a mud tank clean the cleaning operative removed theprotective cover fitted on the mud mixer for protection during cleaning to clean the mixer beforeexiting. As the cleaning operative was completing this he managed to rotate the blade into his ownleg. This required medical treatment with the operative having 6 stitches.After incident 1 the risk assessments and procedures were reviewed and similar cover’s to thoseused for covering small boat propellers were manufactured and introduced to be used duringcleaning on the ABS type mud mixers to prevent this in future.Although the covers minimise the risk of injury there is still risk and the potential for injury duringfitting and removal of any temporary covers.
  2. 2. The information available on this Safety Flash and our associated web site is provided in good faith and only for the purposesof enhancing safety and best practice. For the avoidance of doubt no legal liability shall be attached to any guidance and/orrecommendation and/or statement herein contained.- 2 -RecommendationsVessel’s to review their own arrangements and how best to reduce/remove the risk to personneloperating in the vicinity of mixers.Fixed safety guards (as shown below) are recommended.

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