Control of Risks at Work
To comply with legislation, and to avoid litigation, all maritime workplaces require a Duty Of Care culture supported by relevant Risk Assessment and Safety Planning. Changes to EU working practices tend to be driven by legislation, while changes in the US are frequently driven by litigation. Risk management is essential for both.
SOLAS - Saving Of Life At Sea
The international maritime sector has developed effective regulations and practical design standards to prevent and reduce the loss of life at sea. SOLAS life saving standards have been implemented and there is now more focus on reducing injury at sea, which includes crew and passengers on RIBs and planing craft.
Vibration Directive - Reducing Injury
The EC Vibration Directive (2002/44/EC) was established to protect users of sea, air and land vehicles from the effects of vibration and shock. Adopted by the UK, the Directive sets out regulations for the control of health and safety risks from the exposure of workers to Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and Whole Body Vibration (WBV).
Whole Body Vibration & Repetitive Shock
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) on RIBs and planing craft is usually caused by continuous ‘hammering’ from short steep seas or wind against tide conditions. Repetitve Shock (RS) is usually caused by random ‘hits’ from head sea impacts or overtaking following seas. Extended exposure can result in muscle fatigue and injury.