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CISR Issues Safety Flyer on Passenger Lift Accident
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:24 PM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 65

A second engineer on a large yacht sustained severe injuries to his legs and ankles after he was crushed between the elevator car and the top of the lift shaft on board. The engineer was attempting to prepare the passenger lift for a service tech at the time.

While the circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation, The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry has issued a flyer to the large-yacht industry regarding an Accident in Passenger Lift Resulting In Serious Injuries. The report details the incident and outlines safe operating procedures on board.

Safety Issues (excerpted from the CISR Flyer)

Working in the shafts and pits of passenger lifts is potentially dangerous and accidents in the past have resulted in many serious injuries and fatalities.

An initial risk assessment should be made to identify hazards associated with work on each lift installation, including work requiring access to the lift shaft and pit.

Safe working procedures should be drawn up for each lift installation. Persons who are authorised to carry out work on the lift installation must comply with these procedures.

A permit to work system should be adopted when it is necessary for personnel to enter a lift shaft / pit or to override the control systems for any reason.

Any work carried out must only be performed by authorised persons familiar with the work and the appropriate safe working procedures.

Appropriate safety signs must be prominently displayed in the area and also on control equipment such as call buttons. Barriers should be in place if shaft doors are to remain open.

Before attempting to gain access to the shaft / pit of any lift installation, the mains switch should be locked in the OFF position whenever possible.

The Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen contains valuable guidance on safety precautions to be adopted when working with lifts onboard ships and yachts.

For more information and an illustrated explanation, check out the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry flyer in PDF

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:30 AM
Joined: 05/06/2008
Posts: 12

Bureaucrats building their politically correct careers by ensuring the absolutely bleeding obvious is stated in triplicate? In fact, all the points made are already well covered in shipboard basic work safety regulations. More Pampers anyone?
Capt Edward P
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 8:54 AM
Joined: 06/01/2011
Posts: 81

I was under the impression that all lifts had to have a space above the top floor position so that anyone working on the car would not be trapped in exactly this way. So I am mystified as to why this is not the case - was it to save space.? Anyway, sounds like the Cayman Islands Registry or whomever is just blowing their own crowing trumpet here - just to remind us who they are Yours 'aye Cap'n Ed
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 3:38 PM
Joined: 02/06/2008
Posts: 342

Maybe when people stop maiming and killing themselves doing stupid things they have been repeatedly warned about maybe the regulators will stop reminding the ones who haven't been paying attention.
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:17 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

A major challenge as captain is educating engineers , crew and service technicians that disarming equipment , before servicing , is the ...CORRECT WAY. Since I'm a simple old fart, I'm certain they never believe me . To any crew reading this...this accident was poor craftsmanship and not allow this to happen to you . Work professionally.... DISARM equipment before servicing it.
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:09 PM
Joined: 02/06/2008
Posts: 342

"A major challenge as captain is educating engineers ... and service technicians ..."


Geez, Junior, glad to see your sense of humor is doing well these days!  

well la de da
Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2011 10:17 PM
Joined: 20/10/2010
Posts: 2

Pretty horrific. Too bad some readers popped off before reading the entire report and seeing the diagram. The point is, unless it's something you've done so many times you can do it in your sleep, go over procedures first step by step before actually doing them and if it involves machines, have another crew on hand as a safety officer. This guy likely has a life changing injury.

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