• Published: 19 Oct 2023

Uncertified bosun’s chairs

Uncertified bosuns chairs
Uncertified bosuns chairs

Description of Incident

A member conducting management visits to vessels discovered three separate cases where “Bosun’s Chairs” or similar support structures or working at height activities related to painting and repair works, had been fabricated by crew from wooden boards and ropes.

Our member notes that using uncertified fall arrest equipment, including a “Bosun’s Chair”, can pose significant hazards and risks to the user. Fall protection equipment, such as harnesses, lanyards, and anchors, should always be sourced from a reputable manufacturer, appropriately certified, and in accordance with local regulatory requirements.

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