Rohav: Lack of securing devices on hatch covers leads to death of a crew member reveals investigation report

AIBN report on Rohav
AIBN report on Rohav

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has published its report about the incident on 10 September 2018, when a crew member died in an work related accident on board Rohav LLUZ in Bergsfjorden, Senja.

On Monday 10 September 2018 Rohav had just been unloaded and was waiting for instructions for the subsequent order. In the meantime, the motorman was to prepare the holds for new cargo.

Before preparing the hold, he planned to replace a hose in the hydraulic system that operated the cargo hold hatch. When the motorman disconnected the hose, the oil leaked and the hydraulic pressure dropped, making the cylinders lose their load capacity. The cargo hatch closed and crushed the motorman against the hatch frame.

First aid was quickly given by the crew on board. The vessel went to Skaland to transfer the casualty to air ambulance, but his life could not be saved.

This work had not been agreed with any of the other crew members, and nobody noticed that their colleague was trapped under the hatch cover before it was too late.

Probable cause
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 covers. Such tasks had never been identified as a potential hazard, nor had risk assessments been carried out.

Measures taken
The Shipping company, shipyard and the Norwegian Maritime Authority has implemented actions to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.

Read the full report from AIBN: 2020-01-Rohav

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