Cruise ship company found guilty for occupational safety breaches

A cruise ship has been fined $ 180,000 following the death of a crewman after he was trapped by a powered door while working onboard in 2009.

The cruise ship company was found to have breached the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 in Cairns Magistrates Court.

It was also found to be non-compliant with the Navigation Act 1912 and the Code of Safe Working Practice for Australian Seafarers.

A three-year investigation was conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which found the electronically powered water tight sliding door in the engine room which crushed the worker did not meet international standards.

The cruise ship was docked in New Zealand when the incident happened in February 2009. The victim was trapped by the powered door before electricity in the vessel was shut down. He died from serious injuries three weeks later.

AMSA, in its submission to the court, said the cruise ship company failed to take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of a worker.

It also failed to comply with door manufacturer’s requirements for inspection, maintenance and safety warnings and to incorporate these requirements in the Company Safety Management System.


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