The Mousehole

Safety Themes:
Responsibility, Rule-Breaking, Intervention, Culture

Suitable For:
Operatives, Supervisors and Managers in any industry

This is the tragic and true story of a horrific death onboard an oil rig.  A man is being hoisted in a harness towards the 'Mousehole', a trapdoor in the deck of the rig.  His harness slips and instead of hanging vertically, he is dangling horizontally.  A radio fails, a crane operator operates blindly, and a man dies.  We start after the incident has happened and go back in time to uncover the attitudes and behaviours which contributed to a fatality.

High on impact and engagement, the Mousehole is one of the UK and Ireland's most frequently performed safety plays.

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JOHN-PAUL: Stevie was almost at the hatch when his harness slipped. He should have been coming up vertically but he'd slipped so that he was horizontal to the hole. I shouted 'Stop', into my radio, but nothing happened.  The winch kept pulling Stevie towards the hole. I yelled but the radio....the bloody radio was dead! It wasn't charged or something but.......I ran to the PA and punched the button, screaming for the winch to stop, but it records what you say! So it took seconds - not many but it took seconds and before the winchman heard me screaming to stop, Stevie had been pulled through the hole. (pause)  I saw it. His spine was pulled through his body. I killed him.

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