Following the occurrence of an accident on board, what should the safety officer do?

He should try to determine how and why accident the occurred and should assist the master in reporting the accident on an Incident Report Form (IRF).

Β He should concentrate on establishing the facts of the case and should: (1) record the names (and addresses if shore personnel are involved) of all those in the vicinity; (2) note and mark the positions of the injured and details of clothing, equipment and tools likely to have been in use; and (3) take possession of portable items which might be relevant to the investigation. He should make sketches and/or take photographs if possible. His duty to investigate does not extend to accidents arising from a casualty to the ship.


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