Description of Incident
An air cylinder that was fitted within a Lifeboat structurally failed without any warning. No work had or was being conducted on or around the air cylinder. Three sub-contractors’ personnel that were in the vicinity of the Lifeboat area were impacted by the blast debris resulting in injuries.
The three injured personnel were provided first aid treatment onboard by the medic and were then sent onshore that night for assessment by a local hospital and later released.
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Good Practice Guidance
- Ensure these cylinders are inspected annually for corrosion or wall damage by service providers.
- Ensure the cylinders are hydrostatic tested at a required interval of five years.