A reader of Cruise Law News sent me these photographs today showing crew members on an unidentified MSC cruise ship washing the tops of tenders.
The two crew members to the left seem to be wearing life vests but its less than clear whether they are wearing harnesses and are tethered to the ship.
Upon closer inspection, the bottom photo shows an employee obviously wearing no life vest or harness.
A slip and fall from that height would be a good way to drown or suffer serious injury.
Crew members who contact us often talk about "ship life."
"Ship Life" seems to be the state of reality that actually exists on cruise ships. It is different from what the company policies and procedures say and what the cruise line projects as the company's image.
Sometimes upon the rush to get the job done, there is pressure to cut corners and not use the proper safety equipment. The same pressure to proceed to get the work accomplished often exists even if the proper equipment is not available or the equipment is faulty or not adequately maintained.
We all remember the five deaths and three injuries in January when a Thomson Majesty lifeboat with 8 crew members dropped upside down into the water.
What do you of the photo below? Whose responsibility is it that work is not performed under these circumstances?
PS. I don't know who took these photos so please contact me if you want credit. Anyone know which ship this was and where it was docked?
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