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  • Published: 5 Jan 2024

LTI: Fingers injured during fender lifting operation

Fingers injured during fender lifting operation
Fingers injured during fender lifting operation

Description of Incident

A crew member suffered severe injuries to two fingers during fender lifting operations. The injuries occurred while hauling up the webbing slings with a (13mm (half-inch) polypropylene rope so that a Yokohama fender, weighing approx. 415 kg, could be lifted to deck.

The crew member pulled the polypropylene rope to allow him to handle the webbing sling ends and untie the polypropylene rope from the railing. During this activity the swell caused the rope he was holding to slacken and then come under tension suddenly, and the rope jerked violently and was pulled out of his hand. He found he had badly injured two fingers of his hand; he was given first aid and then further treatment, and was medevaced ashore.

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