The ship’s safe haven is not safe



An anchor handling tug (AHTS) vessel was deploying a 15 ton anchor
during a pre-lay operation. Deck personnel were using tugger wires
with an endless chain sling connected through the anchor D-shackle to
move the anchor along the deck and over the stern roller. During the
operation, the rigging assembly (endless chain) parted and both tugger
wires recoiled around the cargo barrier. Even though the deck crew
were positioned in so-called safe havens, a crew member was struck
on the head by a tugger wire and suffered a fractured skull and jaw as
well as lacerations to the neck. The victim was provided with medical
treatment on board the vessel and transferred to hospital for surgery.


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