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Norway: Report on occupational accident on board well boat Rohav in Bergsfjorden, Troms

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
On Monday, 10 September 2018, a crew member died in an occupational accident on board Rohav LLUZ in Bergsfjorden, Senja municipality.
Bergsfjorden, Troms
Air incident   Bergsfjorden, Troms
It was during preparation for the next cargo that the crew member planned to replace a hose in the hydraulic system that operated the cargo hold hatch. When the hose was disconnected, the oil leaked and the hydraulic pressure dropped, making the cylinders lose their load capacity. The cargo hatch closed and crushed the person against the hatch frame.

Topics: Norway boat

First aid was quickly started by the crew on board. The vessel went to Skaland to transfer the casualty to air ambulance, but life was not going to save.

The investigation showed that the hatch covers were not any equipped with any securing devices. The ship's safety manual was incomplete with regard to work tasks involving the hatch cover. Such tasks had never been identified as a potential hazard, nor had risk assessments been carried out.

The Shipping company, ship yard and the Norwegian Maritime Authority has implemented actions to prevent similar accidents to occur in the future.

Due to the measures taken, the AIBN has not issued any safety recommendation in connection with this accident.