On 23 June 2016, a deckhand on the scallop dredger King Challenger (BA 87), fell overboard from a scallop tipping door. He was not wearing a lifejacket. The vessel was 12 nautical miles south-west of Scalloway,
Following the accident, the owners of King Challenger prohibited their crews from climbing onto tipping
doors without the use of a harness and lifeline, instructed all its skippers to conduct manoverboard drills on a monthly basis and purchased specialist equipment and implemented fleet-wide procedures for the recovery of an unconscious casualty from the water.
working on open tipping doors of scallop dredgers without wearing a lifejacket and being secured by a lifeline
recognition of the risk of walking on the tipping doors
rescue of an unconscious casualty from the water
very short survival times due to cold water incapacitation at water temperatures below 15ºC
The vessel owners have been recommended (2017/106) to review the risk assessment for all the vessels in their fleet, paying particular attention to the risks associated with maintenance tasks.
A safety flyer highlighting a number of the safety issues was produced for this report.