In 2014 there were four crew fatalities, which is the lowest number on record. Three of the four were a result of crew-members falling into the water. In the past 20 years, 72 fatalities have been a result of falling into water. Emerald Marine Products is glad to see that the number has been reduced over the years, thanks to better prevention and heightened awareness. On average, three fatalities a year occur due to falling in water. In the past eight years, an average of 15 fall into water accidents occur each year, of which six tend to be serious (if not fatal) occurrences.
The report and its numbers, give credibility that fall into water occurrences are important to recognize as a serious safety hazard for the towing industry. The financial impact to a towing industry company can be significant and worthy of review of the company’s fall into water protection plan. Furthermore, a company’s “Safety First” policy should demonstrate to their employees that training and devices are being used to monitor and reduce serious injuries.
Emerald Marine Products manufactures products that can help in the alert and rescue of a fall into water occurrence. If Emerald Marine Products can be of service to your organization in educating and preventing fall in water occurrences, don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-426-4201. For a summary of the report view at Professional Mariner.com.