These are the proceedings of a research planning session held on August 13, 2015 to address “Hazardous Voltage/Current in Marinas, Boatyards and Floating Buildings”. Reports in the mainstream media of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD), which can directly electrocute a swimmer in the water or cause a level of paralysis that ultimately results in drowning, is a concern in the vicinity of marinas, boatyards and floating buildings. How best to address this concern was the focus of this workshop. The summary observations of these proceedings are organized into proposed solution approaches that are categorized as: (i) technical; (ii) awareness; and (iii) regulatory. These solution approaches are intended to provide useful information for directing future resources to efforts for preventing the occurrence of ESD events and mitigating their severity if they do occur.
See the workshop report (PDF, 2 MB)