Before launching your boat or heading out on the water, it pays to check that you have all necessary safety equipment on board, such as lifejackets for all, and at least two forms of communication that will work when wet, an up-to-date flare pack, marine charts of the area where you intend to go, food, water and warm clothes in case you get delayed, and enough anchor warp and anchor for the depth you are fishing in. A checklist is a good idea.
Check that all on board know what to do in the event of an emergency and are wearing lifejackets before you head out. Hold a drill and practise what to do in the event of an emergency. Does someone on board know how to drive the boat if you can’t? What should you do if someone falls overboard? Does everyone know where the emergency communications equipment is kept and how to use it? Be prepared. Know before you go.
Equipment Maintenance Safety in the mining industry