SAFETY STATISTICS SHOW COST OF SNAPBACK INJURIES
Study after study indicates rope parting during mooring operations is potentially the most dangerous marine activity. An American Bureau of Shipping study showed 30% of all injuries were “struck by” injuries such as parted lines. A Japanese study between 2008 and 2012 showed 33% of all accidents were mooring accidents and 36% of these were fatal.
A study in 2002 indicated 15% of all mooring accidents resulted in death or permanent disability. A 2012 UK study showed 25% of occupational accidents involving mooring resulted in a fatality.
A 2006 study of Danish mooring accidents indicated 70% of accidents were the result of being hit by broken line/wire/rope or hit by a snap-back line. Increased ship size, stronger lines and reduced crew sizes all contribute to an increase in the frequency of and lethality of mooring accidents and snap back failures.
A MoorGuard fuse in every line can help prevent many accidents:
Parted Lines and Bollard, Port or Facilities Damage
Improper Line Tensions and Slack Line Shocks
Breakaways from Swells and Tidal Surges or Passing Vessels
Operator Errors and Line Strength Reductions from Twist or Bends