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Old 28 January 2011, 06:10   #1
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MAIB report into back injury to RIB passenger

published on MAIB website today

Report on the investigation of injury to a passenger on board a Delta 8.5m RIB River Thames, London 6 May 2010

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Old 28 January 2011, 06:36   #2
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Crikey, poor bloke. It comes down to having proper seats for all on board, as the report says.

Many years ago I had a guy land badly on the engine over of a jet-rib, a big fan of seats now.

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Old 28 January 2011, 08:57   #3
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Looking through the report and the reconstruction of the injured persons position on a consul front bench area with no seat padding would be highly likely to injure someone. From what I understand from reading this I cannot see why an operator did not spot the risk of this locker position and hand /arm/back position. I know hindsight is wonderful but all operators need to be on top of and ahead of these events in briefing and monitoring their crew/clients.
It certainly would not comply with reduction of shock and vibration legislation we have to follow.(mentioned in report at 1.12) He has no hand grip/handles. It appears from the diagram he was allowed to carry a rucksack inappropriately which would also increase the risks.
The events and weather described were very low risk with slight seas and little wave height.

It is worrying tht investigators are seeing more of these types of injuries on high speed craft. They also state that manufacturers need to give guidance on shock/vibration issues on the seating provided. I also note some training inputs for powerboat training.

I hope no one else suffers the way this individual did and also hope all operators get sight of these MAIB reports to learn and improve their operations. I certainly have been monitoring these reports for a long while and have adjusted my briefing with shock and vibration issues covered and am aware that quite a few of the local operators (Solent) have been communicating about these issues.

We must keep all these matters in view and change our processes accordingly but never underestimate all the training, knowledge and briefing will not prevent injuries.
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