Rotten boom chain breaks, striking deckhand

Safety Alert Type: 
North Arm Fraser River Jetty (Lower Mainland)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Hodder Tugboat Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The marine vessel’s yarding line was hooked into a log boom head chain. Once the vessel started to pull on the log boom, the boom chain broke and flew onto the aft deck of the vessel along with the yarding line, hitting the deckhand in the hand and back.

The deckhand was walking away from the aft deck to his regular position, when the vessel started to pull on the log boom. Fortunately he only suffered deep bruising and a cut to his hand, as well as bruising on his back.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

This incident has brought to attention the importance of quality of gear used on log booms, as well as the vessel.

Proper inspections need to be performed at regular intervals, from the sort all the way to the final destination.

Crews are being informed to always have a look at the condition of the gear before using or hooking into before towing (see photos in attached pdf).

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information on this submitted alert: Chris Hodder, Hodder Tugboat Co. Ltd. (604) 273-2821 chris@hoddertug.com 

File attachments
Rotten boom chain breaks, striking deckhand.pdf
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