Here in Louisiana, there is a large community of workers on the water, be it the Gulf, the Mississippi River or in the bayou. The water brings a whole new set of dangers to workers.
As exciting as working on open waters can be, it can still result in unique or catastrophic injuries like brain damage. You can take preventative measures to protect yourself and others by following some of these tips.
Some easy steps you can take
The phrase “safety first” holds some serious weight behind it, and that safety starts with you. Here are some steps anyone can take to protect themselves and others:
Maintain your boat safety training
It can be easy to fall into a pattern of work where you overlook the need for common safety procedures. These oversights can result in drastic injuries for you and your crewmates. Be sure that you and everyone else on board is doing their part to stay safe.
Have the proper equipment on board
The tools you have on your boat will define how well you are able to recover from injuries. The state government has a list of things that you need to have available depending on the size of your boat. From gauze to extra fuel, anything can be the tool you need to save a life.
Maintain proper healthcare equipment
You likely know how to perform life-saving procedures like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but when you do not have the tools you need to save a life, there is very little you can do. Making sure your first-aid stations are well stocked
Be aware of your surroundings
Never take for granted that things will go smoothly on your ship. Whether you are on a major vessel with many crewmembers aboard, or if you are on a small boat for personal use, make sure you are keeping tabs on everything within your power to. Keep a list of things that you need to check before each time you set off on your boat. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for other boaters and other obstacles on the water.
“Your most important piece of safety equipment is you.”