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MAIB Safety Bulletin: Fatal crushing injury on Clipper Pennant, Liverpool, 20 July 2021

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MAIB Safety Bulletin: Fatal crushing injury on Clipper Pennant, Liverpool, 20 July 2021

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Safety bulletin based on the initial findings of the investigation into the fatal crushing injury of a crewman on the upper vehicle deck of the roll-on roll-off ferry, Clipper Pennant, in Liverpool, England on 20 July 2021

Summary: On 20 July 2021, the bosun of the roll-on roll-off cargo ferry Clipper Pennant suffered fatal crushing injuries during cargo loading operations. The bosun was marshalling tractor unit drivers who were loading semi-trailers when he was crushed between a moving trailer and the vessel’s structure.

Key safety issues: Where tractor units are being used to position semi-trailers, there is an extreme risk of crushing injuries, particularly where the semi-trailer is manoeuvring close to the ship’s structure, with limited means of escape for crew on deck.

Safety recommendations: Safety recommendations may be made after all aspects of the accident have been investigated. If applicable, such recommendations will be published in the MAIB’s final report.

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