81 - 02/99 - Cabin Furniture Failures - Passenger Ships/Ferries
A screw securing the top bunk was found to have worked loose.
A claim has been received on behalf of the mother & baby for trauma. Apart from doubting the mental anguish suffered by the claimants, the owners suspect that the top bunk may at the time of partial collapse have been occupied for purposes other than sleep by both the husband and wife. The initial doctor's report issued a few days after the incident did not indicate trauma but recommended a further examination at a later date.
Cabin furniture and fittings should be regularly checked, maintained and records of such checks kept if possible.
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