The US classification society ABS is calling on the marine industry to improve safety at sea by developing better reporting requirements for injury and near miss incidents.
The move follows an industry-wide project, led by ABS, that analysed 12,000 injury records and 100,000 near miss reports over a six year period.
The data was interrogated by researchers from the Mariner Safety Research Initiative at Lamar University in Texas.
ABS says that while the research offers “unprecedented insight into the nature of accidents at sea" it also revealed "a lack of consistency and comprehensiveness in the records”.
The research team also discovered that most injuries resulted from falls, trips and slips.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of the men and women working at sea,” insists Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS president.
“This new report offers a deeper insight into how and where seafarers are being injured – and highlights what industry can do to take our understanding of safety to the next level.”
The average industry cost per incident exceeded $65,000 – with falls and trips averaging $88,000, and slips averaging $56,000.
The two most affected areas of the body were the head and neck (averaging $100,000 per incident) followed by the back and torso (averaging $66,000 per incident).
“Shipping is currently navigating its way through a digital era in which asset owners are increasingly able to use the power of operational data to predict potential failures,” said Joseph Hughes, chairman of the Shipowners Claims Bureau, after reading the report.
“As those capabilities grow, the maritime industry would be well counselled to also get smarter about how it compiles and uses its safety data.”
To read the full report, go to: http://bit.ly/2PVRfH7