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 13-28Issued: 24thJune 2013Subject: Handling Rescue MannequinsA safety observation has been received from one of our vessels requesting that the joints on themannequins used for validation trials are covered and that this is checked before they are put onboard the vessel. The individual pointed out that these joints are classic ‘pinch points’ and have, inthe past, been the cause of hand injuries during the handling of the dummies.In particular some dummies were fitted with stainless steel articulating joints and, if you were to putyour hand under the leg or arm in the vicinity of the joint it was not uncommon to get fingerstrapped when you lifted the dummy. We understand the joint design has now been modified but ahand trap hazard is still present.In discussion with one of the Marine assurance consultancies that carry out these trials thefollowing information was furnished;-‘The mannequins that we use have either full suits fitted or the mannequins which do not havesuits have all been fitted with cuffs at the pinch points. These are checked after every trial andwhere needed cuffs are replaced. We also routinely service these. That is not to say that during aset of trials that a cuff cannot be torn or ripped off if caught on something. There may be acircumstance where mannequins are transferred from one vessel after trails to another to begintrials where these cannot be repaired in time, and during the assessors check, should any befound defective then it would be brought to the crew’s attention and either rectified onboard or notused if deemed to be unsafe. During our opening briefing, where all crew are in attendance, wediscuss the pinch point to make crews aware of where they are. Also discussed is that any transferof mannequins around the vessel is undertaken by two men carrying them or they can be draggedalong the deck by the lanyard between trials (i.e. only out with the trial when good casualtyhandling practices are not required) which lessens the likelihood of pinching hands or fingers. Allcrew should also wear gloves.We have never been made aware of any crew person having received an injury by pinching theirfingers or hand. If a crewman is injured in any way then it should be raised during the de-brief.’Should protection be missing from one of the joints an effective solution is to fit foam pipeinsulation of a suitable size around the joint secured in place with duct tape. This preventsentrapment but allows the joint to function as intended.It may be appropriate to make those that that may be involved aware of this potential manualhandling hazard when moving or working with these mannequins and ensure that checks arecarried out on them before use.