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Dunbar Harbour Trust

Safety Review

Introduction:

As part of its commitment to the Port Marine Safety Code Dunbar Harbour Trust formally reviews its safety record at the first Board Meeting after the end of the year. The aim of this review is to identify any trends that may guide the Trust to find new ways to improve the safety of the harbour.

2017 Safety Review

The incident log for 2017 shows –

Ref

Date

Description

Status of investigation report

40

1/1/17

Swimmers on Lamer Island

Completed

41

11/4/17

Damage to boats caused by Branders

Completed

42

11/4/17

Fight In Dunbar Harbour

Completed

43

11/4/17

Tombstoning

Completed

44

27/5/17

Tombstoning

Completed

45

27/5/17

Theft from boats

Completed

46

3/7/17

Battery Rocks Death

Completed

47

14/7/17

Falling Masonry from castle

Completed

48

14/7/17

Eddie Ingle

Completed

49

17/11/17

Fire raising on North wall

Completed

  • There were 10 incidents in the year (2016 -13)

  • There were no RIDDOR reportable incidents ( 2016 – 0) The angler’s death was not a reportable workplace accident but it was reported to the Police

The greatest risks continue to centre round the behaviour of the young people of the town, mainly in the summer months. The number of incident reports does not reflect the occasions when children were tombstoning, jumping off the North Wall or swimming in a harbour used by commercial fishermen.

The damage to property caused by inadequate branders is currently being addressed by the Harbour Trust. New branders will be brought in during 2018.

Apart from the unfortunate death during the year there were other concerns with the behaviour of night-time anglers including creating fires on the harbour walls.

  Most likely to cause serious damage to persons or property:

  1. Falls from climbing

  2. Run down by vessel entering harbour while diving or swimming

  3. Trips on uneven surfaces

 Looking at the maritime hazards only these were ranked:

  1. Operational planning error – grounding (especially when moving from Victoria Harbour into the Broadhaven)

  2. Unplanned movement of berthed vessel resulting in collision or sinking.

  3. Unexpected tidal conditions, including swell – collision with quayside (especially in the harbour entrance)

 Better reporting will result in better analysis of the root cause of any problem and thence better action plans, so this remains a key objective.

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