627 - 3/09 – Poor Lighting - Worldwide

Following a recent incident onboard a vessel where a member of the crew fell into an open hatch, the Association believes it is important to highlight the dangers associated with poor lighting. 

Whilst two vessels lay berthed alongside one another, a crew member from the most seaward of the two wished to lay a hose to the quayside to load fresh water. In doing so he had to bypass the vessel that lay between his own vessel and the dock, whilst crossing over he entered an area with very poor lighting and consequently fell into an open hatch.

Some of the major risks associated with poor lighting are slips, trips and falls but it should be remembered that the likelihood of any accident occurring will be greatly increased if adequate lighting is not provided. Whether it is working in an area that is not correctly lit or passing through an area with no lighting at all, the seriousness of the matter cannot be ignored.

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