Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other

Creating workplaces where we all watch out for each other


Water Related – Safety Alert

Water-Related Fatalities on the Rise

5 water-related fatalities since 2022
Hazards of Working Around, Over, or Near Water 

HAZARDS – undercut banks, sloughing ground, varied water depth, swift currents, inadequate berms, narrow roadways
POTENTIAL DANGER – Entrapment, Entanglement, Drowning,

Electrocution RISKS – Traveling, operating mining equipment, around, over, or near water

Best Practices
  • Conduct daily workplace examinations.
  • Know the water depth and subsurface conditions and ground conditions before you begin work.
  • Keep equipment a safe distance back from the water’s edge.
  • Provide handrails around docks and work boats.
  • Properly berm roadways near water hazards.
  • Provide and ensure workers wear a Coast Guard approved Type I or Type V personal flotation device (PFD) when working around water.
  • Keep water rescue equipment easily accessible.
  • Practice good housekeeping and keep all travel ways clear around water hazards.
  • Post warning signs near water hazards.

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Original article published by MSHA