The UK P&I Club’s Risk Assessors often find during routine Risk Assessments of entered ships, that the safe use of portable power tools is not adhered to on board, more cases are seen in the Deck department than the Engine Department, but cases are found in both.
Claims for eye, chest, and hand injuries are generated from the incorrect usage of power tools on ships. Some of these injuries have been fatal and all of these injuries are avoidable if proper precautions are taken on board during routine maintenance operations involving power tools.
Generally the tools referred to are pneumatic scaling equipment such as needle scalers, cup wire brushes and angle grinders. Also electric driven angle grinders of various sizes are in use on board.
General faults are the removal of safety sleeves from needle scalers, of safety guards from all other tools, or the modification of the safety guard on any tool such that it is ineffective. Also the wiring or taping and/or by-passing by any means of the safety cut-out devices on all the tools mentioned.
On electric tools poor general maintenance, including wiring faults, is also commonly found.
UK Club Risk Assessors advise that:
The loss prevention department aims to reduce Members’ exposure to claims by raising awareness of risk. Co-ordinated by the Loss Prevention team is a dedicated team of Risk Assessors.
The Risk Assessors supervise and co-ordinate the activities of the five ship inspectors and control the condition surveys which are carried out (by independent surveyors) under the Club’s Rules. The Risk Assessors travel worldwide in order to carry out their tasks. Permanent bases are maintained in Rotterdam, Greece and Singapore. All the Ship Inspectors are qualified QA Lead Assessors and are familiar with the requirements of the ISM Code. For more information on our Loss prevention team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org