354 - 03/04 - Entry into Enclosed Spaces - A Reminder of the Dangers - USA

We have been advised of an incident where a ship’s second engineer lost his life when he entered and became trapped in the main engine’s scavenging air receiver.

In this case, the ship reported that the second engineer was missing prior to sailing. Despite an extensive search by ship's personnel of all areas including many searches of the machinery spaces and the main engine, the engineer could not be found therefore it was presumed he had gone ashore and missed sailing. Upon arrival at the next port the individual was found deceased behind an access door to the main engine scavenging air receiver.


Thomas Miller