NT WorkSafe recently issued a safety alert highlighting the increased risk of an overboard incident when workers are in areas with no edge or fall protection.
The alert was issued following an incident involving a fishing vessel which was returning to port after some time at sea.
During the evening, crew members accessed the vessel’s roof space, and one of the crew moved too close to the edge and fell overboard.
The crew member was not wearing a lifejacket, and while the crew’s response was swift with the crew member being retrieved on board, unfortunately, the crew member could not be revived.
NT WorkSafe’s preliminary findings established the roof area had no fall protection suitable for preventing a fall.
The Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 and Regulations apply to commercial vessels, as the vessels are considered workplaces.
Regulations 78 and 79 detail the requirements for managing the risk of falls in the workplace.
The safety alert said there were a number of likely contributing factors:
The alert recommended a number of required actions: