March 2017 Issue Darkened workspace and an unprotected hazard lead to fatality

“When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But…that is not what great ships are built for.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“The first and the best victory, is to conquer self.” – Plato

DISCIPLINE is (or should be) the new motivation. It wasn’t motivation that brought the New England Patriots back from the brink of defeat in Super Bowl LI, it was the discipline they displayed, in every practice preparing for the big game. It wasn’t motivation that fueled Oprah’s rise from poverty in rural Mississippi to the world’s most successful female entertainer, it was the discipline, of doing the work every day when no one else would.And it’s not motivation that will write your book and get it published. For that, you need discipline, and a step-by-step blueprint (get that blueprint here). So to begin cultivat-ing discipline, first you must know what it means. DISCIPLINE means: you wake up at the same time every day, whether it’s 4 a.m. or 8 a.m., even when you don’t want to. You focus on what matters and do the work even when you’re tired. You sacrifice instant gratification for your long-term goals.Give me a man or woman who is disciplined and I will take them over someone who is motivated any day.


As edited from Accident Investigation Board of Norway report 2016/08

A gas tanker was moored at a shipyard and crew and shipyard personnel were busy preparing for maintenance. The shipyard had issued permits to enter tanks which, in theory, meant the tanks were adequately ventilated and illuminated. During a preliminary inspection it was found that a maintenance hatch cover had become dislodged from the deck in the lower tank dome and had fallen 17 metres to the bottom of a cargo tank, leaving the maintenance hatch open and unsecured.

Work inside the tank started the next day. One of the tasks was to recover the maintenance hatch cover. Instructions were issued to the crew to be extra vigilant on account of the unsecured open hatch in the lower dome; none of them had entered this tank before but the bosun and AB had previously entered similar tanks.

The bosun, the AB and an OS began by lowering equipment to recover the hatch cover into the lower tank dome. The AB then went into the lower tank dome. He was not sure where the maintenance hatch was located so he used his torch to get an overview. When he had located the hatch, he started to rig the recovery equipment about 3 metres from the opening.