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General Orientation

Rev. November 10, 2020

Working Near Water

This policy was developed to detail the procedure to be followed when personnel are required to work near or over open water, and where a fall into the water is possible.

Working Near Water Policy

(Document Web Link)

Required P.P.E

· Hard Hat

· CSA Class 3 Level 2 High Visibility Clothing

· CSA approved Steel-toed boots

· Gloves

· Safety Glasses

· Air Horn and/or Whistle

· PFD - Personal Flotation Device / Life Jacket



· Access by swimming is prohibited by anyone on Caron Equipment business

· A permit may be required prior to starting work. Contact the Health & Safety Coordinator for confirmation

· All personnel who work near or over open water must wear the above listed Personal Protection Devices while performing work, unless the perimeter of their workplace is deemed appropriate by the office

· No personnel or contractor is approved for working around water while working alone

· A competent worker with a valid First-Aid and CPR and the means of accessing and rescuing personnel in distress will be made present and readily available

· A Life Ring along with floating rope shall be kept on-site and readily available

· Any personnel who falls into the water shall seek a certified first-aider for an assessment of their current condition

· Supervisors will fill out a near miss report for all personnel who fall into the water who do not suffer any injuries


Boating Procedure

Standard Transport Canada boat regulations will apply to all personnel in a boat.

A Transport Canada Boast License shall be required for operating a boat with an engine.

Two-Way communication is required between boats and rescue staff.

· Minimum 2 competent workers per boat

· P.F.D

· Paddles

· Bailing Bucket

· Rope & Anchor

· Water Proof Air Horn and/or Whistle

· Water Proof Flashlight


Night Operations

Proper lighting for the workers is required during night operations.

If a boat is being used; a construction beacon shall be operational on the boat.


Cold Water

A quickly and easily accessible place to warm up in case of emergency is required.

Dry blanket and towel.


Potential Hazards

· Drowning

· Critical Injury; Unconsciousness from asphyxiating underwater.

· Medical Aid Injury; Water in lungs.

· Hypothermia; exposure to cold temperatures, body core temperature below 35°C.



A working around water site-specific rescue plan will be established and made available to all personnel on the project.

Ensure procedure specific safety meetings are held prior to beginning work explaining the hazards and proper precautions.

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