Mars 201921

Pressure Washer Injures Two Crew

Pressurised water is a force to be reckoned with. A sudden leak in a high-pressure water hose caused minor injuries with a deck crew carrying out scaling operations.

After the daily toolbox meeting, the deck crew began scaling operations using a pressure washer. Each crew member was dressed in the required PPE to carry out this task: helmet, full-face mask, dust mask, overalls, gloves and boots. As they were working, the high-pressure water hose suffered a sudden leak near the two crew. The surprise and the force of the pressurised water leak caused the crew to lose control of the hose and they suffered impact from the backlash of the uncontrolled hose. Their minor injuries were treated by first aid.

Lessons Learned

  • Close inspection of powered or pressurised equipment before use should be a best practice on all vessels.
  • In this case, the crew’s PPU probably reduced the severity of their injuries considerably.

Mars Reports

This is one of the March Mars Reports (originally published by The Nautical Institute as Mars 201921) that are part of Report Number 317. A selection of this Report has also been published in SWZ|Maritime’s April issue.


Through the kind intermediary of The Nautical Institute we gratefully acknowledge sponsorship provided by:
American Bureau of Shipping, AR Brink & Associates, Britannia P&I Club, Cargill, Class NK, DNV, Gard, IHS Fairplay Safety at Sea International, International Institute of Marine Surveying, Lairdside Maritime Centre, London Offshore Consultants, MOL Tankship Management (Europe) Ltd, Noble Denton, North of England P&I Club, Sail Training International, Shipowners Club, The Marine Society and Sea Cadets, The Swedish Club, UK Hydrographic Office, West of England P&I Club

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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