The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published a safety investigation report on an incident where an engineer died in an elevator shaft as he attempted to solve a fault with the elevator. The ATSB also issued recommendations and safety advisory notices, as outlined below.
Members are encouraged to download and forward, with this bulletin, the ATSB safety report to their ships that have elevators on board. The report can be downloaded from the following internet page:
The incident occurred after the electrical technician stepped into the elevator shaft and the second deck elevator landing doors were allowed to close behind him. When the doors closed, the landing door safety circuit was completed. The elevator control system then reset itself and, shortly afterwards, the elevator responded to a landing call. The elevator car moved upwards until its movement was obstructed by the electrical technician. The resultant damage to the elevator car allowed the car doors to open slightly, causing the elevator to stop.
From the evidence available, the ATSB concluded the following contributing safety factors:
· The ATSB recommends that the elevator manufacturer takes action to address point 1 above.
· With regards to points 2 and 3 above, the ATSB (through Marine Safety Advisory Notices MS20070005 and MS20070006) advises ship owners, operators and masters to consider the implications of this safety issue and to take action when it is considered appropriate.
Source of information:
Australian Transport Safety Bureau