New guidance released to prevent inland water drownings

Drowning deaths - at least in the UK happen often at inland waters, which
includes sites such as rivers, reservoirs, canals, lakes, lochs, harbours,
ponds and streams. Therefore the safety charity Royal Society for the
Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has released a new book with guidance and
advice on how to manage sites to help prevent tragedy.

Aimed at those with responsibility for land adjoining inland waters, such as
risk managers, land managers and facilities managers, RoSPA's Safety at Inland
Waters aims to help improve water safety by helping to inform decisions on risk
and safety. Safety at Inland Waters provides a thorough run-through of relevant
water-related risks, a manager's legal priorities, including numerous case
studies of good management of waterside spaces.

Steve Birtles, chairman of the National Water Safety Forum Inland Waters Group
and head of safety management at The Broads Authority, said: "It has been
designed to help landowners and managers learn about best practice and some of
the simple measures that they can take to mitigate the risk of drowning, to help
them obtain a clearer understanding of the extent of their responsibilities and
appreciate the wide range of resources that are available to support them.
Most importantly, I hope that they will recognise from the various case studies
and examples that they will not be alone when working on drowning prevention.”

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents