04:09 pm, Monday 4 October, 2010
A union is calling for clarifications as to which regulatory body has authority over the shipping sector following the death of a seafarer.
In 24 December 2008, a 43, year-old man died on a tanker after being struck on the head by a heavy line. It was later found that he was cutting the lashing that had attached the end of the line to a winch drum when the line unwound abruptly.
According to the WA Maritime union’s Chris Cain, there are a number of regulatory bodies, and he is calling for just one.
“We need to sit down with them all, identify their areas, and have one regulator that we can identify, that workers can identify and the employers can identify so that there’s no misunderstanding, no confusion,” he said.
“It wouldn’t lead to deaths in the industry, hopefully it will stop them.”
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a report on Tuesday stating the safety procedures were not always followed in the tanker.
It also revealed that it is possible for ships to fall outside the jurisdiction of the safety regulators.
ATSB recommended that the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority to acts and change the situation.