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Squeezed hand due to unintentional activation of winch
Country: NORWAY - Europe
Incident Date: 10 November 2021 Time: ---
Type of Activity: Lifting, crane, rigging, deck operations
Cause: Caught in, under or between (excl. dropped objects)
During connection to shuttle tanker, a crane operator stood by the control panel to operate the mooring winch. At the level below was an auxiliary winch connected to a rope that was hanging over the railing. By mistake, the crane operator activated the lever for the auxiliary winch, and the IP at the level below saw the rope connected to the auxiliary winch move. He thought the rope was slipping over the railing and grabbed it. At the same time, the crane operator pulled further on the aux winch lever, which resulted in the IP's hand being pulled in and squeezed between the railing and the structure.
What Went Wrong?:
Corrective Actions and Recommendations:
Figure 1: Crane operator by the control panel
Safety Alert number: 336
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