Safety Alerts are sent out to users of Nearmiss.dk as a result of the near-miss events registered in the system by Danish ship-owners. As reports are filed, Seahealth Denmark selects those that can serve as warnings, information or as part of knowledge-sharing in the industry.
Safety Alerts are issued in the language they are filed in - Danish or English. The content of Safety Alerts is not edited by Seahealth Denmark and is actually a direct copy of the events as reported on the near-miss database. The wording therefore comes from the shipping companies and Seahealth Denmark accepts no responsibility for either the reasons or the measures taken.
The aim of Safety Alerts issued by Seahealth Denmark is solely to provide warnings, knowledge-sharing and experience.
We are convinced that nobody makes mistakes of purpose. There is always an interaction between many factors such as unclear procedures, poor management, lack of training, lack ofeducation and experience, bad technical solutions, assumptions, habits, attitudes, culture, silent acceptance, shortcuts, etc. We think that in practically all cases, human error is a sign of underlying problems in the system. So in seeking to explain events that have occurred, instead of trying to find out where people made mistakes, one should instead try to determine the significance of people's actions and reactions in the circumstances at the time.
The good thing about these Safety Alerts is that nobody has been injured - they are purely near-misses with no dire consequences, except for learning and new knowledge.
Consider forwarding them to the safety officer aboard your own vessel or to the company ashore. For example, ask each other how you can avoid similar events and possibly make action plans accordingly.
In brief: Be proactive when it comes to safety issues. Think about prevention before accidents happen rather than reactions after they have happened.
Senior Occupational Health Consultant
Søren Bøge Pedersen
+45 3311 1833
+45 5364 1609
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