AdamSea's Tips for Marina Safety - Equipments and Safety Policies


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AdamSea's Tips for Marina Safety - Equipments and Safety Policies
Published By : National Record
DATE : 22, August, 2016

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These are some of the marina safety equipment and policies for guests & customers who use the marina. The equipment and policies are not an inclusive list however they should become an integral part of management practices at the marina.

No Swimming: Possible perils of swimming in the marina basin range from propeller injuries, underwater currents and stray electricity in addition to concealed submerged objects. Each marina must necessarily post signage stating a "No Swimming" policy within the marina basin.

Safety/Rescue Ladders: Safety/Rescue Ladders provide a way out from the water or offer secure access to/from a vessel. There are challenges to ensure that a person who has fallen in the water can be rescued safely or to assist a boater who has to get off a boat. The challenges include water currents, water level fluctuations, cold water temperatures, vertical bulkheads and accidents/injuries. Re-evaluate the risks at the marina and plan the placement & number of safety/rescue ladders required.

Life rings: A readily available life ring can assist in rescuing a drowning person who is unable to swim (as a non-swimmer, probably has an injury or due to water conditions). It is also useful if he is incapable of safely reaching a safety/rescue ladder. As it is easy to toss and retrieve the life ring it must necessarily be a part of the overall safety policy.

The life rings should preferably be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Type IV personal flotation device. Ensure that sufficient line is attached to the life ring so that you can pull in the person in the water or if you have to throw the life ring yet again.

Tripping Points: Obvious tripping hazards at a marina include unmarked curbs, transition points (where a ramp links with the pier), cleats that are feebly placed; hoses, customer lines or electrical cords positioned on or across the dock. They also include loose deck boards and nails or screws that have popped up.

Spot these tripping hazards at your marina and think of an action plan to deal with them. Perform a dock walk each day to see and correct these dangers prior to the occurrence of an unfortunate incident or injury.

Slippery Decks: The decks of walkways and ramps might become slippery due to ice, frost, rain, the incline of a ramp or the kind of deck material used. The decks of the docks as well as ramps freeze prior to shore side walkways. The slippery decks at the marina must have proper signage. For this, you can utilize materials that are resilient to ice or tackle the slippery surface by removing snow from the dock.

First Aid: To deal with first aid issues marinas are providing first aid equipment, supplies and also training their employees. Signage in close proximity to the public and private phones at the marina must necessarily include the contact number posted for the first responders in your area. Work collectively and prepare a first aid safety plan on paper and a dialogue for your marina. Necessary aspects must include supplies to be kept readily available as well as gear to have on-site.

An increasing number of marinas nowadays have Automated External Defibrillator's (AED's) at the fuel pier, the ship's store or inside the Dockmaster's office.

Each marina has a commitment and a supervisory accountability to assess and address safety risks at their marina. Be aware of the liability linked with safety issues. If you ignore them your insurance might not cover you in case of an accident due to your carelessness.

Request your insurance company to walk with you through your marina to assist you to identify potential risks. Following this, you can create and implement a plan for Marina Safety.

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