Recently, the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) released a list of over 100 tips for preventing falls overboard from vessels.
The list was compiled after the TSAC reviewed US Coast Guard incident reports of 55 fall-overboard fatalities between 2000 and 2010. Through reviewing the reports, the TSAC was able to identify 29 conditions that could lead to falls overboard and based on those findings, put together a list of best practices to prevent overboard falls, including:
- Keeping decks clean and clear of tripping hazards
- Having a buddy system in place for those working on deck and making sure everyone on deck at night has a radio and a flashlight
- Painting all perimeter and tripping hazards on a vessel in a contrasting color for visibility
- Having de-icing procedures
- Always keeping a hand free when walking on deck
“TSAC said the best way to address falls-overboard fatalities is through [building a] foundation of a strong safety culture, one that is predicated on a lot of learning and a lot of accountability,” said Brian Vahey, government affairs manager for the American Waterways Operators.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I Fell Overboard?
As the video below explains, while it is not true that in all cases you are better off hiring an attorney, because of how complex maritime law is, it is always a good idea to discuss your situation with a maritime trial lawyer. Depending on the type of accident and injury you suffered, speaking with a lawyer might mean the difference between whether or not you recover the compensation your family needs for hospital bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
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