Fall from mast of trawler Atlantic D with 1 person injured

Location: North Atlantic Ocean

Completed PE Summary: Atlantic D

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Atlantic Trawlers
Port of registry:   Milford Haven
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fishing vessel
Built:   1969
Classification society:   Lloyds Register
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   35.97
Gross tonnage:   459.00
Date & Time   28/02/04 18:34
Location of incident:   Foreign high seas
Incident Type:   Accident to person
Injuries/ fatalities:   1 injured crew
Damage/ Pollution:   None


Crew member from Atlantic D fell from mast and inured spine

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents made recommendations to owners of the vessel with reference to:

  • Conduct a risk assessment for those activities that require work to be carried out while aloft. This should include electrical equipment isolation, radar emissions isolation, and use of personal safety equipment..

  • Ensure that when working aloft personnel wear a safety harness or other restraining/ capture equipment

  • Fit safety chains to guard rail access openings on most platforms

  • Apply non-slip finish to the forward and aft platforms

Published 23 January 2015