Legal Aspects on Injuries

Legal Aspects on Injuries

Today it is a well-established fact that the operation of high-speed boats might be the most dangerous peace-time job you can find. Studies show that more people get injured than in maybe any other occupation. Most common sites of injury are lumbar spine, neck and knees. Based on this knowledge the EU Commission and Parliament have put into effect very strict regulations on allowable exposure levels. Some operators in Europe, e.g. KNRM in Holland, the UK Ministry of Defence and the Swedish...

IMO High Speed Craft (HSC) Code

With the development of many new types of HSC in the 1980s and 1990s, IMO decided to adopt new international regulations dealing with the special needs of this type of vessel. In 1994, IMO adopted the International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft (HSC Code) (resolution MSC.36 (63), which was developed following a revision of the Code of Safety of Dynamically Supported Craft (resolution A.373(X)). Also in 1994, IMO adopted a new SOLAS chapter X - Safety measures for high-speed craft, which...

EU Directive

The EU directive makes the employer or operating authority responsible for minimizing employees’ and passengers’ exposure to dangerous impacts on high-speed vessels, by providing the best available technical solutions, such as seats. From a legal point of view only the best available solutions are acceptable. Ullman Jockey seats are scientifically proven to be the most efficient means of reducing impact exposure on board high-speed boats. Fitting a so-called suspension seat or shock...

Disclaimer

Driving fast at sea is always associated with significant risks, especially in high sea states. Even the best seats in the world will never be a guarantee against injuries. The enhanced control and comfort of the Ullman Jockey Seats and the Ullman Cockpit System can make you want to drive faster. Do not drive your boat faster than what feels comfortable for everyone onboard. It is your responsibility as a boat driver to keep everybody onboard safe. REMEMBER: Discomfort is a sign of dangerous...