420 - 07/05 - Lifeboat Drill Fatality - Worldwide

The Club would like to highlight to Members a fatality that occurred onboard a Member vessel during a lifeboat drill. In these accidents, it is often found that lifeboats are falling from their falls during lifeboat drills due to the action of the crew and not faulty equipment - in most cases it is specifically the incorrect operation of the hooks. This is because crew are not familiar enough with the operation of the hooks and also that the design of most hooks is such that there is very little indication as to whether or not the hook is correctly engaged in the locked position.

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Thomas Miller

Date24/03/2009

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