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Utilising vessel data monitoring to improve crew safety

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“Why bother using data monitoring”

In recent years there has been growing acceptance of the need to protect maritime crew from the shocks and impacts received during open water transits. This is evident in the explosion of shock mitigating seating products available and the associated press articles, conferences, and government contracts all based around the subject.

Scientists have been utilising acceleration data logging for many years to research the magnitude of the forces imparted upon the vessel, equipment and occupants. But is it now relevant for vessel operators to use data monitoring?

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What the Control of Vibrations at Work regulations mean to employers and how to meet them

The ‘Control of Vibration at Work’ regulations are here to stay, but don’t believe the reports that it will end all maritime operations. This article attempts to separate the hype from the facts and explain how employers can continue to operate without risk of prosecution.

A period of unintentional scaremongering along with unhelpful rumours reporting that the WBV limits would result in the end of commercially viable operations has caused maritime companies to bury their heads in the sand and refuse to engage with efforts to reduce human impact exposure.

Professional boat users are protected by law the same as a worker in any other industry, but they face an increased risk from injuries associated with the constant impacts they receive during their daily activities.

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Duty Of Care for Maritime Workers

For many years now we have acknowledged that professional powerboat users face an increased risk from injuries associated with the constant impacts they receive during their daily activities. It is not hard to imagine that constantly driving a rigid hull through a choppy sea will result in some uncomfortable moments, but we continue to ignore the issue.

Every year there are many meetings of industry experts and scientists to discuss human impact exposure. These meetings present the latest research into how to best measure and characterise vessel accelerations. Every year we all agree that impact exposure is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. However, much of the professional marine industry continues to pretend that there is no problem.

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