Staying safe on Maryland waterways this season
Boating season is upon us, which means people are getting out on the waterways more and more across Maryland.
Whether you work on the water in your profession or you are a recreational boater, now is an excellent time to revisit some crucial safety tips.
Safety first to prevent boat accidents
Being in or near the water can come with several risks, including drowning and getting injured by boating mechanisms. Thus, some of the ways you can stay safe this season include:
- Having and wearing appropriate floating devices and life jackets
- Refraining from using drugs or alcohol while on or around the water
- Performing regular boat maintenance
- Using lights and reflective clothing to ensure you are visible to others
- Obeying speed limits and wake restrictions
- Having the proper training to operate commercial or recreational vessels
- Avoiding distractions when navigating or directing a boat
These tips can be crucial for everyone to remember, from seasoned marina workers to recreational boaters who occasionally head out to fish or ski.
Working on the water
If boating or working near the water is part of your job, you will also want to review your employer’s safety policies.
If you are worried that your employer is not complying with water-related regulations or enforcing safe practices, you might file a complaint or take legal action if you suffer damages resulting from unsafe workplace conditions.
Further, if you do suffer an accident on the job, know that there may be financial compensation available to help you recover. These benefits can be crucial for people who suffer brain injuries, slipping accidents and mechanical burns and for families of drowning victims.
Practicing safety on Maryland waterways is vital for everyone, and now can be an excellent time to make sure you – and your boats – are ready. However, it should be noted that accidents on the water may be covered by different types of law, relating to the maritime issues.