Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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engineer had a ¾-inch long, ¼-inch deep gash on his right temple, which the medical examiner described DV SRVVLEO\ LQFDSDFLWDWLQJ 1R FUHZPHPEHU UHPHP- bered seeing the cut on the second engineer's fore- head while he was alive, so the injury likely occurred while he was locked inside the scavenge air receiver. Probable Scenario Although it is impossible to know for sure, the sec- ond engineer most likely entered the scavenge air receiver either to retrieve something or to check on something. He leaned or fell against the sharp-edged, inward-opening door, perhaps injuring himself in the process, and caused it to close. He subsequently died from the high ambient temperatures inside the FRQÀQHG VSDFH ZKLOH WKH YHVVHO ZDV XQGHUZD\ The crew of the ship had conducted multiple searches of the vessel, including two separate checks of the VFDYHQJH DLU UHFHLYHU %RWK FKHFNV ZHUH PDGH DW WKH opposite end of where the second engineer had last been seen and was eventually found. A re-creation E\ LQYHVWLJDWRUV FRQÀUPHG WKDW VHDUFKHUV ZRXOG QRW have been able to see him from the aft end. There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol contrib- uted to this casualty. Assessment This case was complicated by the fact that the mariner GLHG HQ URXWH EHWZHHQ WZR MXULVGLFWLRQV³*HRUJLD DQG 9LUJLQLD 6HYHUDO ORFDO 8 6 DJHQFLHV LQYHVWLJDWHG WKH FDVXDOW\ DQG EHFDXVH WKLV ZDV D IRUHLJQ ÁDJJHG VKLS WKH 8 6 6WDWH 'HSDUWPHQW *HUPDQ &RQVXODWH DQG *HUPDQ\·V )HGHUDO &ULPLQDO 3ROLFH 2IÀFH HYHQ- tually became involved. The conclusion was unanimous: There was no foul play. The mariner's death was an accident. It is hoped that this tragic story will serve as a reminder for mariners to question assumptions, be wary of expedient practices, and—above all— remember the importance of safety protocols. Abide by them—they can save your life. Acknowledgments: 7KH DXWKRU ZLVKHV WR WKDQN /&'5 (OOLV 0RRVH DQ LQYHVWLJDWRU for this case, for sharing his time and valuable insights. 3URFHHGLQJV JUDWHIXOO\ DFNQRZOHGJHV WKH VXSSRUW RI &$37 'DYLG )LVK DQG 0U .HQ 2OVHQ 8 6 &RDVW *XDUG 2IÀFH RI ,QYHVWLJDWLRQV DQG &DVXDOW\ $QDO\VLV About the author: 0V &DURO\Q 6WHHOH KDV PRUH WKDQ \HDUV RI H[SHULHQFH LQ WKH FRPPXQLFDWLRQV ÀHOG $V D IUHHODQFH ZULWHU HGLWRU VKH KDV ZRUNHG on numerous Coast Guard projects, including the 86&* 0DULQH 6DIHW\ 0DQXDO the 86&* 0DULWLPH /DZ (QIRUFHPHQW 0DQ- ual, and 86&* 3XEOLFDWLRQ 6KH LV DOVR WKH HGLWRU DQG GHVLJQHU RI the &UHZ (QGXUDQFH 0DQDJHPHQW newsletter, and designs 953 5HYLHZ D QHZVOHWWHU SXEOLVKHG E\ WKH 86&* YHVVHO UHVSRQVH WHDP 72 Proceedings Fall 2011

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