Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
7th Mar. 05
While serving on a Bulk Carrier a seamen's death occurred due to negligence in wearing a safety belt and a helmet while painting a swimming pool bulkhead.
It was just before morning teatime and the ship was sailing in a steady condition. A wooden stage secured on the railings was being used to stand on and paint while 2 men tended the lines to lower the stage as required.
Teatime was nearing and the seamen were in a hurry to complete painting the remaining portion. While lowering the plank the person standing on the wooden plank slipped and fell in to the empty swimming pool. Without a helmet or safety belt to protect him his head hit the bulkhead and he died on the spot.