Risk management analysis: when, where and how ocean rescue lifeguards are suffering occupational injuries

TitleRisk management analysis: when, where and how ocean rescue lifeguards are suffering occupational injuries
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMorizot-Leite, LA
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers02-17

Purpose: The aim of this research is to identify and analyze when, where and how occupational injuries occurred among Ocean Lifeguards in Florida, USA, to learn from the accidents and to develop strategies in order to prevent future injuries.

Methods and Materials: The study, conducted, on some of Florida Beaches – USA, will review all occupational injuries that occurred among Ocean Lifeguards during the past 7 years (2000 – 2007). All Injury Report Forms (minor and major) and Workers’ Compensation Forms will be reviewed and analyzed along with gender, age, years of service and time loss from work. The etiology of injuries will also be tabulated.

Results: Occupational injuries among ocean lifeguards has resulted in many injuries such as; eyes, ears and skin injuries; exposures, backaches, herniated disk, sprains, strains, and many other muscular skeletal injuries. Preliminary results indicated that many of these injuries are part of the lifeguards’ occupation and very hard to prevent them from happening. Nonetheless, some are foreseeable injuries that must be brought to the attention of all parties involved in risk management. Many case studies comparing foreseen vs. unforeseen injuries will be presented. Strategies to prevent the foreseen injuries from happening will be suggested.

Implications: The conclusion from this study will help administrators and supervisors of ocean lifeguards to; A) obtain a better understanding of the etiology of ocean lifeguard occupational injuries, B) appreciate the risk of injury thus “foreseen the unforeseen”, C) elaborate strategies to countermeasure occupational injuries.