What’s wrong with this picture?
I’ll bet that water is cold. And should he fall in—a prospect made more likely by his lack of fall protection—he may drown by the time somebody fishes him out.
The Moral: Failure to provide workers working over water protection against drowning hazards is not only highly dangerous but a violation of OSHA standards (Sec. 1926.106(a)).
WHAT’S AT STAKE
3 Things You Need to Know
If you work on or over water or another liquid deep enough to drown you:
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES
The 5 Kinds of PFDs
Whether you’re at work or on the water for fun, one of the most important ways to avoid drowning is to wear a device that will keep you afloat in the water. There are 5 principal types of personal flotation devices (PFDs):
Type I: Offshore Life Jackets are vests designed to keep you afloat, face-up and visible to rescuers and are suited for rough, open or remote waters where it’s likely to take a long time for rescuers to arrive.
Type II: Near-Shore Vests are less bulky and thus offer less protection than Type I PFDs and are suitable for calm, inland waters where it probably won’t take a lot of time to rescue you.
Type III: Flotation Aids are lighter and less bulky garments that keep you upright. Although more comfortable, you shouldn’t use Type III PFDs unless you’re pretty sure you can be rescued fast.
Type IV: Throwable Devices are cushions or ring buoys that rescuers throw to you if you’re in the water. Type IVs are a supplement to and not a substitute for a Type I, II, or III vest or garment.
Type V: Special-Use Devices are PFDs approved only for particular activities like kayaking, waterskiing or windsurfing—always check the label to see what use the device is approved for.
DON’T BECOME A DROWNING CASUALTY
7 Drowning Safety DO’s & DON’Ts