What device on a boat is most important to prevent propeller injuries?
What device on a boat is most important to prevent propeller injuries? Well, ignition-safety (engine shut-off) switches can be helpful. These switches are often connected to the operator’s wrist by a lanyard, ensuring that, should the operator fall off or the vessel is otherwise out of the operator’s control, the engine will shut off and reduce the risk of propeller strike injuries.
Guards, physical barriers around the propellers, can help prevent anything from coming into contact with them. Sensors and interlocks can help shut the engine off in dangerous situations, much like the safety switches.
Propellers can also be replaced with other propulsion methods, like jet drives and pump jets. However, most of the time, the real problem with propellers isn’t the hardware at all.
The first thing that you’ll need to prevent propeller strike injuries is a safe and a prudent operator, operating the boat. That is the first and foremost.
All the devices in the world are no good if you’ve got a negligent captain that’s not watching what he’s doing or not paying attention at all times.
Propeller strikes happen, often as a result of negligence on the part of the operator, who isn’t exercising reasonable care to prevent injury to others. There are ways to prevent propeller strikes, but the first and foremost is, make sure you’re with somebody that is a safe and prudent operator of a vessel. These sorts of things happen.
We live in an area where watersports are very common, from fishing to duck hunting, to water skiing.
These things happen and they shouldn’t happen. When they do, you can come to us. We’ve dealt with these sorts of cases before. We know what we need to do to get you fixed up. Give us a call at Joseph Joy & Associates.