Lifejackets are a safety feature on every vessel, or at least they should be. Lifejackets offer seamen a lifeline should they fall overboard into the water. They turn the individual into a more suitable position so that they can breathe. Generally, they are made out of reflective material so that people can be spotted more easily in the water.
However, like all other pieces of safety equipment, lifejackets need to be maintained. Lifejackets don’t have an expiry date, per se, but they can be subject to wear and tear. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind regarding life jacket maintenance.
Look out for obvious signs of wear
Life Jackets aren’t a fashion statement. They serve a practical safety purpose. That being said, it’s still important that they are routinely checked for damage. Life jackets that are torn should not be relied on and must be replaced.
Check the fit is suitable
An oversized or undersized life jacket will offer little help to those on board. All members aboard the ship must be covered by a life jacket that fits them.
Life jackets can be tested to ensure they are working optimally. This can be done before each trip. In a controlled environment, safety officers can make sure that the devices inflate as they are supposed to. If flaws are found, action should be taken before seamen leave the shore.
Even if you are safety conscious, there is still a risk of being hurt at sea. If you’ve been injured then you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.