Safety is the concern of everybody on board a vessel. Done properly it will
prevent accidents and help protect the marine environment. the structure of the vessel
the operation of the vessel, and
good working practices.
Safety is achieved by creating a safe working environment in which safe working
practices and equipment are employed at all times.
It is vitally important that safety is not neglected but is continuously maintained
in an emergency; safety should become a way of life.
Should a crew member suffer an injury or fall ill
it may cause permanent disability if severe – which will, in turn,
affect his/her family, friends and ability to work
substantial compensation may be payable under his/her crew contract
and/or national law
the safety of the vessel may be compromised as he/she is prevented from
performing his/her duties
an investigation into the cause of the accident is required, please
see section 3.11 Personal injury, crew illness or death.
Works carried out on a vessel can be dangerous if
safety equipment is defective or used improperly
defective tools and materials are used
sloppy working practices are employed
safety precautions are not taken seriously
hazards have not been adequately identified, and
the risks involved have not been fully and properly assessed.