Incident Description

The Fall From the Platform

In this lesson, you are going to learn more about how to avoid fall from generator platform.

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Incident Description

The duty engineer and oiler were assigned the job of replacing a damaged diesel generator exhaust gas thermometer requiring a section of the exhaust manifold to be dismantled. Prior to the commencement of the job, a pre-work meeting was carried out and all necessary tools and equipment made ready. After first removing the manifold covers and a section of insulation to gain access, the engineer used a compressed air hose to blow away particles of dust and dirt from the exposed exhaust pipe. 

While doing this, he leaned back to avoid dust blowing into his face with the result that he lost his balance and fell from the platform onto the deck more than two meters below. The engineer was given first aid and hospitalized at the next port of call where he was diagnosed with a broken clavicle (collarbone) as well as other soft tissue injuries to the arm and shoulder.