Vessel Roll Causes Crew Member Injury

In rough weather, a vessel’s roll pattern can be amplified from time to time. Therefore, crew members should keep their guard up at all times. In a recent Mars Report, a crew member was injured after losing his balance.

A transcript of the event:

The OOW was undertaking his usual duties at sea in heavy weather. At one point, the vessel rolled even more than usual. The OOW was standing near the chart table, then suddenly lost his balance and fell on the deck, heavily impacting his left shoulder. He required first aid and medication and was placed on light duties until arrival at the next port. After an examination at the local hospital, it was discovered he had fractured and dislocated his left shoulder.

Lessons Learned

  • In rough weather, a vessel’s roll pattern can be amplified from time to time. Never let your guard down.
  • ‘One hand for yourself and one for the ship’ is sensible advice.

Mars Reports

This is one of the May Mars Reports, originally published as Mars 201942, that are part of Report Number 321. A selection of this Report has also been published in SWZ|Maritime’s July/August issue.

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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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