If you’ve bought either a Deluxe or Standard Bosun Chair made by Burke Marine in Australia since June 2007 you should stop using it immediately if it does not have a batch number or inspection label attached.
It’s been found that several of these bosun’s chairs were fitted with a faulty stainless steel ring – the ring that the halyard is attached to when lifting a crew member. If used, there’s a real risk that the ring may break, resulting in injury or even death.
Visit Burke Marine’s website for more information on what to do if you own one of these potentially dangerous bosun’s chairs.
In any case, it’s always good practice to have a second – safety – halyard attached somewhere else to the person in the bosun’s chair.