Marine Fabricator September/October 2023 - 15

AVERTING
TR UBLE
ON LAND AND SEA
Whether aboard a vessel or in the shop, the marine
environment offers plenty of opportunity to court
disaster, which is why a stringent focus on keeping
safety front and center at all times is essential.
by Pamela Mills-Senn
t was late in the day, rain was threatening,
and Edward Skrzynski needed
to cover a boat that was on an
elevator lift before the storm hit.
All the available workers were out,
so telling no one he was leaving, he
headed out to handle the task alone.
Just as he arrived, it started drizzling.
Climbing onto the boat after removing
his shoes, he made his way to the
(freshly waxed) bow with the cover.
Standing there, he lost his footing and
started sliding toward the bow rail at a
speed
that made going overboard
a certainty.
" I knew the boat lift's 12-inch metal
I-beams were directly below where I was
going off, and all I could think about
was hitting my head and passing out in
the water, " recalls Skrzynski, owner of
Marco Canvas & Upholstery LLC in
Marco Island, Fla.
" As I slid towards the rail, I held the
top rail with my right hand and did a
180 over it, still keeping hold of the rail
as I slammed into the side of the boat, "
he continues. " I looked down and
saw that I was clear of the metal and
dropped into the water. "
Skrzynski swam to an emergency
dock ladder but struggled to get back
on land because he couldn't lift his arm.
Although the acrobatics he performed
saved him from something worse, he
had ripped the tendons in his shoulder.
" From then on, I said 'no more' to
solo trips no matter how small the work
is, " he says. " There needs to be someone
for backup and to help. Also no work on
rigs in the rain. Too slippery. Not worth
it. Anyone leaving the shop must inform
senior management prior to departure.
And on-site we must always have two
people and two phones as a backup. "
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