Snap back zone?
As the title says, another reminder about the dangers of mooring / unmooring a ship!
http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2013/03...orwegian-jade/Originally Posted by http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2013/03/articles/maritime-death/death-on-ncls-norwegian-jade/
Last edited by alistairuk; 9th March 2013 at 06:16 PM. Reason: Add the URL
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Snap back zone?
Complacency maybe, urge to get moored up quickly leading to crew members taking short cuts, unaware of the snap back zones, unaware of the snap back zones when running lines around an old man, poor training, poor supervision, bad communication. Take your pick. The linked news piece says the seaman wasn't even wearing a hard hat, so sounds like a poor safety culture on board. But who knows? All speculation.
Just to play devil's advocate, are hard hats really all that useful on the mooring deck? Apart from protecting from minor bumps, their effectiveness is perhaps a bit overstated.
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I don't think a hard hat would of made a bit of difference. I doubt a bit of formed plastic could do much to stop a snapped line.
Although in the case of this accident, it probably wouldn't of made a difference as the force of the line knocked them overboard.
I'm not saying don't wear a hard hat! Was just saying in this instance, it sounds like he was stood in the section were you can watch the lines going down, and it wouldn't of changed the outcome. Of course kids, always wear your PPE!
Stating the obvious again, but what a massive difference between safety theory and practice. Im willing to bet they have a length SMS document too