The Construction CDM 2015 Regulations, Reg 26 require employers engaged in construction work to take all reasonably practical measures to prevent persons falling into water; to minimise the risk of drowning in the event of a fall into water; and to provide suitable rescue equipment and training in the use of it.
Also, the transportation by water to or from work sites must be done safely; and any vessels used should be suitable, properly maintained, under the control of a competent person and not overcrowded or overloaded.
Causes of Entry into Water
• Falls from height
• Trips, slips, stumbles from low level
• Persons being knocked over by moving objects (e.g. crane loads, vehicles, etc.
• Loss of balance(e.g.by highwinds, sudden boat movements etc.)
• Failure or absence of edge barriers
• Failure or absence of fall prevention equipment,ropes, lines.
• Floating platforms or vessels sinking.
• Tide action, waves or swell from passing waterborne traffic
Hazards of Falling into Water
The most immediate danger is of drowning. Factors that can contribute to this are:
• Shock from sudden immersion in cold water
• Weight of waterlogged clothing
• Life jacket not being worn (or not inflating)
• Incapacity following injury – caused by striking an object during a fall, or whilst in the water.
• Fatigue or hypothermia where rescue is not immediate.
Any workplace over, on or near water presents a danger that persons might slip or fall into the water, be swept off their feet by wave action, tide action, strong currents or swell from passing water traffic. Adverse weather is also a factor that can increase the danger, and work conditions can change quickly. Whether or not a person is injured by falling in the water, there is an immediate risk of drowning and/or being carried away by water currents.
The New Revolutionary Reach and Rescue Pole accurately deploys a flotation or rescue device to a casualty using a 17m telescopic, Lightweight pole with a retrieval distance of upto 17m. Thus saving valuable minutes on a rescue compared to other rescue methods.
From an operational perspective the Reach and Rescue pole is incredibly versatile. There are a large number of retrieval attachments that are available in kits or individually. It can be operated easily by one or two people in all weather conditions and can be deployed from shore or a vessel.