The electro-technical officer (ETO) was repairing an instant reaction electronic welder’s mask. The tablet-style lithium ion battery needed replacing, and because of the compact nature of the equipment it was considered that this could only be done by soldering connections on to the new battery.
The first connection was made successfully. While soldering the second connection, the battery overheated and popped, spraying the battery contents into the ETO’s eyes.
Ship first aid when battery accident
First aid was immediately administered by applying copious amounts of water to both eyes for 10-15 minutes using the emergency eye station sachets.
The Master called for medical advice and was advised by an eye specialist to apply cortisone steroid drops three times daily and analgesic drops as necessary. The doctor did not feel medevac was necessary, but advised the Master to monitor and call back if necessary.
After the first dose the victim’s eye condition improved rapidly, with a significant reduction in redness and irritation within 15 minutes. Fortunately for this crew member, the excellent emergency medical crew response on board meant that no permanent damage was sustained.
How work with battery on ship
– Eye protection is essential when carrying out activities that have a risk of eye injury.
– Rapid and correct first aid response and treatment can make the difference between fast recovery and permanent injury.
– A risk assessment should always be carried out for unusual or uncommon jobs.