LTI – Broken foot

Facts

During a mooring operation, a crewmember stepped awkwardly on a mooring line with his right foot. Although the line was static, the position of the boot on the line caused a broken foot. The crewman did not slip and his foot did not get stuck in the mooring line. There was no pressure to complete the task and there were no environmental influences.

Preliminary findings and possible causes:

  •   In previous Safety Flashes, it has been emphasized that when moving around to look down and be fully aware of foot placement. It seems in this case also to have been the case.

Immediate corrective/ preventive action:

  •   While such incidents do not represent a major risk to the vessel or other crew members, sadly such events are painful and in most cases avoidable. So, keep focus on movements and ensure you are fully aware where your footing is placed.
  •  Below is an insert from a 2017 Safety Flash where it was identified how most injuries in Svitzer happen which is still highly relevant:
  •  Not looking at where footing is placed (also by obstructed view carrying items)
  •  Rushing or jumping
  •  Not focused on movements but on the task, that should be completed Workplaces left in a non-Ship Shape condition as example leaving behind an untidy deck store or gratings not put back in place

All please take necessary precautions, look after yourself and STOP unnecessary injuries

PLEASE DISPLAY AT A PROMINENT LOCATION ONBOARD VESSEL AND DISCUSS AT NEXT SAFETY MEETING