Figure 7-2.Afloat mishaps from 1983 through 1992.
Never open or close electrical switches and
pipe valves unless authorized to do so.
Make sure you pad low overheads above
inclined ladders (72 inches) and passageways
Color-code hazardous areas around machinery
and elevators to warn people of danger areas.
Rig heavy weather lifelines before expected
Attach a safety line to workers when working
in a tank or void.
AFLOAT MISHAP REPORTING
In late 1989, in response to a rash of shipboard
mishaps, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) called a
Navywide safety standdown (fig. 7-2). After the
standdown, CNO tasked Commander, Naval Safety
Center (COMNAVSAFECEN) with providing
recommendations to improve our safety programs
among ships and submarines. These recommendations
were as follows:
Establish better afloat mishap investigation and
Add primary duty safety officers to group and
squadron staffs and large ships (crew greater than
Upgrade safety training.
Safety officials found that although the aviation
community was thorough in its investigation of serious
mishaps, ships were ineffective in reporting mishaps.
Without detailed investigations, we were unable to
provide lessons learned in a timely manner. CNO
directed COMNAVSAFECEN to create an afloat safety
program patterned after the Aviation Safety Program in