SAFETY CIRCULAR: FALTALITY FROM MISS USING PORTABLE LADDER
Capt. Nguyen Tien Hieu
A product tanker was on route from South Korea to Los Angeles. While at sea, as the crew was preparing for an announced USCG inspection to take place while alongside in Los Angeles, it was found that a lashing turnbuckle for the ship’s free-fall lifeboat was defect due to corrosion, as the securing pin was seized.
The chief officer informed both the bosun and the AB about the work and instructed that it should only involve the removal of the remaining rust and painting of the turnbuckle. The bosun was also told that the AB was to assist the rest of the deck crew in cleaning activities once the task was completed.