• Published: 14 May 2024

Injuries to the eyes and face

Injuries to the eyes and face
Injuries to the eyes and face

Description of Incident

A member reports a number of incidents where crew have sustained injuries to the face.

Eye and face injuries are always a serious matter. IMCA has relayed these incidents to you as a timely and important reminder to stop and think about risks and hazards, about your position – how you are stood or sat - when working, and about how you do certain tasks you may consider routine.

Incident 1 – self-inflicted wound from a screwdriver

A crew member was using a large screwdriver to pry out a jammed bit from a grub screw. The prying was done upwards; the screwdriver slipped and hit the person in his left cheek. He sustained a 30-40 mm cut, 4-5 mm deep.

Incident 2 – LTI: face injury from unplanned release of hydraulic fluid

On a vessel alongside, the vessel crane driver suffered an injury to his face and left eye while in the process of setting up to remove a 8 cm (3-inch) hydraulic accumulator pressure hose. The injury occurred as a result of an unplanned release of pressurized hydraulic fluid from that hose flange. The injured crane driver received first aid on board; the leak was stopped. The client was informed, and the injured person was taken to hospital ashore.

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