Hazards on the Health and Safety of Water Rescuers

These water rescuers make sure that the people who need their help are safe and healthy after the rescue operation. However, these water rescuers also have different health and safety hazards they should also become ready for during rescue operations.

They should become aware of the different dangers in the water during these rescue operations. There are also some chances where the rescuers put their life on the line and there are also some chances where they put themselves on danger. Below are some things that these water rescuers should keep in mind or they should become trained for during water rescues:

  1. They should have enough knowledge on how to read the water’s current.
  2. They should also prepare all the needed equipment in rescuing people.
  3. They should make sure that the equipment they will use is functional and secure.
  4. They should wear their personal protective equipment properly.
  5. These water rescuers should also concentrate on what they are doing to keep themselves and the person or persons they are rescuing safe.
  6. They should come prepared on the site of rescue.
  7. They should never do water rescue alone, they should always be in groups.

The different health and safety hazards that these water rescuers might get include the following:

  1. They might also have possibilities of hypothermia such as the victim if they don’t condition their body properly.
  2. They might also acquire different sickness such as leptospirosis if they enter the water that is also contaminated and they have an open wound.
  3. There are also some hazards such as malfunction of their equipment causing other disasters.
  4. Hazards such as electrocution is also possible if there are live wires present on the area where they need to rescue a person.
  5. There are also hazards such as being swept away by the current if they are unable to read and check the water’s current.
  6. There are also some chances where the water rescuers might incur injuries due to the different debris and broken branches found in the water.
  7. Another hazard for these water rescuers such as slips, trips, falls, and back injuries.
  8. Another hazard is that there are mechanical problems with the equipment that may cause other problems such as fire on the boat, leak in hull, leak in inflatable section, fuel vapor in bilge explodes, and others.