Would you consider the ocean a workplace?

Posted: August 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Firstly would like to say that I have nothing but full respect for the Surf Life Saving community and the work they do, and lets be frank it is work, be it paid or volunteer, and therefore that makes the ocean their workplace. Now I know that it appears that there is a lot just hanging out at the beach checking out the talent, however the beach is a dangerous place for swimmers and life savers alike, as is evident by how many people lose their lives every year. Lately there has been a fair amount of hubbub in the media about boat crews wearing helmets and life jackets. I can’t see why there seems to be some resistance to this, surely this is an OHS issue. There is no shame in wearing PPE guys, it does not make you less of a man, and if it does not impede your ability to perform you job, what’s the problem? Think about your family and friends guys not just how you look or how you think you maybe perceived. Hard as nails blokes wear protective gear everyday on construction and mine sites and in many work places. Time to legislate this I think. Why wait until a rescuer is knocked out by his own board while performing a rescue and both rescuer and rescued perish, that would be very sad day.

  1. Hi Cranny, For what it is worth the ocean has been a true workplace for me for decades. safety rules and regs in diving, boating and fieldwork are common place so i cannot see how Surf Life Saving is any different. gazza

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