Fall while using lifting gear to exit fish hold on trawler Gonpez 1 with 2 people injured

Location: Off Milford Haven, Wales.

Completed PE Summary: Gonpez 1

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Registered Owner & Manager:   Ledbeam Ltd
Port of registry:   Falmouth
Flag:   UK
Type:   Fishing vessel
Built:   2003
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   32.2
Gross tonnage:   271.00
Date & Time   26/10/04 19:14
Location of incident:   Milford Haven harbour area
Incident Type:   Accident to person
Injuries/ fatalities:   2 personal injuries
Damage/ Pollution:   None


After landing the catch, two crew members were hauled from the hold using the lifting gear. Both slipped from the hook, and fell to the bottom of the hold sustaining severe bruising.

Action taken

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents wrote to:

The vessels owners indicating that the use of risk assessment methodology when carrying out tasks on board could have prevented this accident, and noting that new lifting equipment regulations are due for publication.

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