OKPO, KOREA – On 15 January at 1435 local time, a shipyard worker was killed and 3 others slightly injured by a massive piece of steel that fell off of an adjacent ship under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, Korea. The steel apparatus crushed an adjacent structure where the deceased was located at the time of the incident.
In their initial incident report, the shipyard commented,
“We are investigating all possible causal factors such as the appropriateness of support construction method for erection, and inappropriate welding of temporary supports, etc. A full investigation has begun and a Root Cause Analysis will be sent to all clients as soon as the investigation is complete. Our sincerest sympathies go out to the deceased person’s family and friends as they endeavor to handle this loss.”
The ship at the scene of the incident is one of the Maersk Triple-E, 18,000 TEU containerships. The first of which is due to be delivered in March.
Michael Storgaard, Group Press Officer at Maersk commented on the incident,
“We take the safety of our partners and suppliers as seriously as the safety of our own employees and we will be discussing the incident with DSME. In the meantime, our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the workers.”