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Re: Bay Area hull cleaner killed on the job?

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Fast - just out of curiosity, do you typically test for current in the water before going in?
No. Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is extremely rare in saltwater. Almost all occurrences of ESD take place in freshwater. That being said, I unplug every boat I work on before I get in the water. Assuming that this death was not actually work-related, to my knowledge there has never been a serious injury or death in the hull cleaning industry in the Bay Area during the 18+ years I have been cleaning boat bottoms. And we're talking well over 1,000,000 in-water service events during that time. That's an impressive safety record IMHO and speaks volumes about the relative safety of working in marinas.

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And what's the "range" of such electrical current from a source in saltwater?
No idea.
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