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Case Study: Sailing Club (Boat Yard) Health & Safety Review



PDMS were approached by a coastal sailing club with their own boat yard and lifting equipment. New members of the committee had expressed concerns around the boat yard and boat lifting operations.


After initial discussions it was decided that a one-day visit was required, followed by a detailed written and photographic report. This was arranged for a day with multiple boat lifts planned, and around suitable tides.


We attended the site in question, observing and checking both their operations and also their processes and documentation. Throughout the day industry best practice advice was provided, noting that this was a sailing club with volunteer operatives rather than a commercial operation. Various points of concern were raised, including around the carrying of persons aboard a boat whilst in the lifting equipment, and also processes used to disembark said persons from the vessels once ashore.


A detailed report was issued a few days later following further discussion with the relevant parties.

From this report the sailing club have implemented various changes and recommendations, including:


  • An updated health and safety policy, and other appropriate documentation.

  • LOLER thorough examinations, delivered by PDMS, including guidance in repairs on the lifting equipment. This has now gone on to include ultrasonic examination of the plant, to inspect and provide future confidence in the equipment.

  • NPORS accredited training for the boat lifting operation

  • Advice and guidance in producing up-to-date health and safety documentation.



Contact a member of our team today to find out about our marine-based #audits and #reviews for your marina or boatyard. Using our extensive experience and qualifications gained from years of hands-on experience in boatyards and marinas, we can guide or advise you as required.



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