Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
NEGLIGENCE CAUSED DEATH
E Muthukumar, C/E
Fourth engineer was newly promoted. He was assigned the job of doing the purifier routines under the supervision of 3/E. The cleaning jobs were finished and 3/E told 4/E to box back the purifier and he went to attend some other work. 4/E boxed back, but forgot to put bowl lock nut. He called 3/E for trying out.
They started and when the bowl picked up speed, the bowl flew off hitting 3/E’s skull and he died on spot.Lesson learnt: Before starting anything do not take everything for granted. Proper inspection has to be done. Also the dismantling and assembling procedures for the machinery concerned should be typed and pasted on the bulkhead near the machinery itself to avoid such mishaps.