Sea Sprite 23 #110 (20)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
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Re: Bay Area hull cleaner killed on the job?
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.
and as sad as it is that you had your first death, even with that record, you are going to start seeing all sorts of regulations passed to prevent the 1 in a million (literally) death
In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -Buddha
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