How to Handle Safety During Dredging Operations

The industry specialists at Merrimac

Dredging is common along coastal waterways and riverbeds used as shipping channels such as the Mississippi River. There are ways to dredge safely that reduce the chance for worker injuries and lower the environmental impact of the operation. This is only some of the dredging advice available.

Regulatory Bodies

The International Organization for Standards has issued some certification standards for quality and safety for the dredging industry. Along with the ISO standards, companies should follow the safety standards issued by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. The SOLAS convention was an international treaty signed after the Titanic sank. Additional safety regulations have been created by the International Maritime Organization since the late 1950s. These bodies along with others provide common safety tips issued to all sea-going vessels. They help keep vessels and individuals on board safe from collisions and accidents.

Safety Training

In order to follow the various rules and regulations, staff and management should make safety a priority daily including safety training before and during dredging. Workers should wear safety gear such as goggles and high-visibility gear. The industry specialists at Merrimac understand how uncomfortable yet necessary this gear is to worker safety.
For additional dredging advice, see the various organizations and regulatory bodies websites. Ensuring worker safety is paramount for both the worker and the management.