Leg amputated after accident with spreader
One of the workers injured aboard the "Happy Buccaneer" in Feb 23 has undergone a leg amputation. The 55 year-old Portuguese sailor suffered a crush injury when a spreader beam fell during work aboard the heavy lift vessel. A Filipino man also suffered compound fractures to his leg and a broken pelvis. The two men were treated by Roy Hill emergency response team members, who responded immediately to the emergency. Both men were later flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. At the time of the accident the ship was moored at the Stanley Port at the Roy Hill South West Wharf construction project, and had been unloading modules or equipment. The ship had finished unloading goods for the Roy Hill site and was preparing to leave the port. The incident is under investigation by Australian Maritime Safety Authority and, according to the Pilbara Port Authority did not affect port operations. The ship left Port Hedland again on Feb 27.
ATSB joins investigation in accident in Port Hedland
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will join the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in investigating an incident in which two men were seriously injured onboard the "Happy Buccaneer" in Port Hedland. The ship was moored at the Roy Hill South West Creek Whar when the crew members were using the ship's crane to move a stack of steel pads when one pad was tipped off the pile, pinning the men's legs against a bulkhead. The pair were freed with the help of a rescue team and taken to the local hospital with leg injuries. Both men were in a stable condition and being transferred to Perth for further treatment. The ATSB said it would collect evidence from relevant parties on the ship, and ashore, and prepare a report.
Two men injured in work accident
Two men have been seriously injured during an incident on board the "Happy Buccaneer" at Port Hedland by a load spreader just before midday on Feb 23, 2015. The vessel was moored at the Roy Hill South West Creek Wharf. The crew members were moving equipment on the ship and preparing to depart the Roy Hill wharf at Port Hedland in when their legs became trapped. Both men's legs were broken and they were brought to Hedland Health Campus for treatment. Two AMSA inspectors were investigating the accident. Representatives of the Maritime Union of Australia's North West have been briefed on the incident. Report with photo: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/26408710/men-injured-at-roy-hill-wharf/Upload News