Watch: How to attach engine room floor plates

In this video, West P&I Club talks about the hazards of engine room floor plates, providing advice on how to secure them. As the club says, major accidents involving slips, trips and falls account for a significant proportion of personal injury claims.

JA seafarer’s job is inherently risky. Injuries at sea come in many forms and bodily injury is one of the most common of all P&I related occurrences. Many minor injuries, such as bumps, bruises, sprains, etc., go unreported and do not show up in the P&I statistics at all.

However, operators must be extremely vigilant with respect to the engine room. According to the video, this area is a complex compartment filled with machines and equipment of various sizes.

Most machines require access for maintenance, and monitoring approach structures and floor plates can be dismantled to allow access to machines from different angles and levels.

For this reason, the following must take place to ensure safe operation:

  • Whenever floor plates or handrails are removed, warning notices should be posted;
  • Openings must be effectively fenced or guarded;
  • The area should be well lit;
  • Floor plates and handrails must be fixed in place at the end of the work undertaken.

Additionally, loose plates and grilles are difficult to spot unsecured, and missing and damaged flats can easily cause a personal injury incident. In fact, the International Labor Organization Code spells out minor defects in the equipment or furnishings of the structure, such as uneven and damaged floors, which can cause cuts, bruises, trips and falls. .

Also, a common fault is the absence of screw fasteners, which results in loose plates. With this in mind, ensuring the plates are secured in place will reduce the risk of damaged injuries.

In addition, floor structures should be repaired as soon as possible, while floor structures should be included in the onboard planned maintenance system and closely monitored.

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