There can be few aspects of personal safety on board ships that have received more attention than the importance of following the correct procedures before entering a dangerous enclosed space. Tragically, it is clear that the measures which have been put into place have failed to prevent the death of many seafarers. In our own fleet, we recall the loss of two colleagues nearly two years ago from such an accident.
Industry data indicates that accidents in enclosed spaces continues to be one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities on board ships today. This is due to:
• Complacency leading to lapses in procedure;
• Lack of knowledge;
• Potentially dangerous spaces not being identified; and,
• Would-be rescuers acting on instinct and emotion rather than knowledge and training.
We are sharing this short film, prepared by the UK P&I Club, to keep the dangers in all of our minds, stressing the need for full compliance with our SMS. Importantly, Take a moment to consider your personal answers to the questions at the end of the film, and take these thoughts with you into your daily work on board.
The video can be downloaded from the following links: