Crush incident involving steel plates on cable ship Wave Sentinel with loss of 1 life

Location: Off Cornwall, England.

Completed PE Summary: Wave Sentinel

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Global Marine Systems
Port of registry:   London
Flag:   UK
Type:   Cable ship
Built:   1995
Gross tonnage:   12330.00
Date & Time   22/08/02 12:27
Location of incident:   English Coastal waters
Incident Type:   Accident to person
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 fatality


A crewman was fatally crushed under steel plates when unsecured stanchions were removed to assist with the steel plate on to a recently constructed storage rack.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector wrote to the vessel operator highlighting three safety issues

  • No risk assessment for the work carried out

  • Inadequate supervision of the work carried out

  • Cultural differences on board can lead to unquestioned following of superiors orders

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