Prevention of drowning
- Working platforms must be properly constructed including toe-boards and guard-rails. Secure boards to prevent them from being dislodged by rising water or high winds.
- Ladders should be lashed.
- Safety harnesses must be worn where appropriate.
- Lighting must be adequate for night work and must illuminate the immediate surrounding water surface.
- Check on your workmates at frequent intervals.
- Materials must be stacked in order to maintain clear access.
- Tools not in use must be stowed away.
- Ensure that pontoons are properly loaded, stable and securely moored.
- Ensure deck access and egress are clean and don’t become slippery. Deal quickly with hazards.
- If there is a risk of falling in, wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid – a life jacket will automatically turn an unconscious person into a face-up position in the water, a buoyancy aid will not.
- Ensure you only embark at suitable landing places.
- Don’t remove guard-rails they are there for your safety.
Rescue from the water
- Ensure you don’t work alone, so that one of you can always raise the alarm.
- Ensure your life-saving equipment is available and checked at the start of every shift.
- Where a safety boat is provided, check the equipment at the start of every shift.
- Rescue boats must be continuously manned by competent people during night and in tidal waters.
- Power spotlights should also be available.
- Ensure you are familiar with emergency drills.
- Report defects to the person in charge immediately.
- Be aware of the dangers from Weil’s disease.
REMEMBER FOOLISHNESS AND BRAVADO OVER WATER LEAD TO PEOPLE GETTING DROWNED