LTI – Engineer sustained severe injury of toes

Facts

After completion of an unberthing operation, the Engineer decided to inspect the winch to find the cause of a strange noise heard during the job. Prior to the job, a toolbox talk was held between all involved and further a general permit to work was put in place.

As the Engineer expected an issue with the brake, he stepped on the frame to have a better look at the top of the brake band and he then ordered the Engine Rating to pay out on the winch. The Engineer did not notice that his right foot was inside the flange of the rotating drum and his safety shoe was caught by the passing (sensor) trigger plate, cutting into the reinforced toecap and pressing against the toes of the Engineer. This resulted in a double fractured large toe and a severely squeezed middle toe. Unfortunately, the top of the middle toe could not be saved and 50% of the toe had to be amputated.

Preliminary findings and possible causes:

• Company procedures and safe working practises were not followed.

• Job related hazards were not sufficiently accessed and there was no situational awareness.

• Co-workers did not stop the IP when a hazardous action was taken.

• The medivac from the terminal to the hospital was delayed due to poor cooperation between the client and local management team.

Immediate corrective/ preventive action:

Safety awareness meetings were held with local crew and staff to enforce stop authority, take 5 procedure and risk assessment

• The medivac plan is being reviewed and aligned with the client.

 

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