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  • Published: 5 Jan 2024

Failure of personal isolation procedures: crane damaged when it was used inappropriately

Failure of personal isolation procedures crane damaged when it was used inappropriately
Failure of personal isolation procedures crane damaged when it was used inappropriately

Description of Incident

On a vessel in dry dock, a crane, which had been isolated for many days for work to be conducted by a third party, was used by crew unaware that the crane was out of use for maintenance. The crane was damaged as a result, leading to increased maintenance time and cost.

A “personal” isolation of the crane had been removed to allow a third party to function test the crane. A leak was found on the hydraulic system and work was being conducted to repair the issue. However, crew members not involved in the maintenance of the crane had a task to do which needed a crane, and they decided to try and operate the crane, resulting in damage.

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