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Boating while working? Wear a life jacket

  • 26
  • May
    2017

When you head to work, you may need to spend time on boats. Regardless of your plans, it's never a good idea to drink on the job and it's very important to wear your safety gear. Many companies require their workers to wear life jackets on the job, and there's a good reason for that. If you fall overboard and injure yourself, you may be unable to swim and could drown without a life jacket.

Life jackets also make it easier to find you if you go overboard. The bright colors stand out against the water, so it's easier to get you the medical attention you need quickly. If that happens, you will be able to apply for workers' compensation while you recover.

Your employer should require life jackets in most cases when you're on the water. If you're involved in a boating accident, that could be the difference between life and death. This is particularly important as Memorial Day approaches. If you work at a local marina or boating facility on the ocean, you need to be sure you and the guests visiting that day are safe.

In 2015, there were 21 boating fatalities and 166 boating accidents. While alcohol isn't likely to be a concern for workers on the docks, it can be for your guests during your shift. As the heat bears down, people can become dehydrated, making alcohol more potent.

If you are driving guests on the water, operating boats or otherwise on the water, make sure to wear your safety gear. Taking the right precautions can make sure this holiday is one to remember for the fun had by all, not because of an emergency.

Source: Citizen-Times, "NC Wildlife: Drinking and boating, lack of life jackets can be deadly," Karen Chavez, May 24, 2017

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