On a large container ship several cargo hold floodlights needed replacing in hold number nine.
The electrician descended on to a raised casing in the hold in order to gain access to one of the lights. The casing is 7.8 metres (three container layers high) above the bottom of the hold and without fall protection such as railings.
Main Electrician rule, always work with some partner
Two deck crew were also present but were occupied with other tasks. As the deck crew went about their business they lost sight of the electrician. Soon afterwards they saw him at the bottom of the hold lying prone on the tank top, where he had fallen.
Resuscitation was attempted on site, but the victim was later declared dead.
Be very careful when working on height
– If there is a potential for a fall from height always wear fall protection.
– All potential hazards should be examined on a ship and risk reduction measures put into place.