Originally Posted by willk
The reason they don't put lifejackets on their customers is that it would take longer to fit them than the trip duration. So 15-20 minutes of faffing about and 10 minutes on the trip. Lifejacket use would mean much fewer trips and higher prices. The public love cheap!
Dont agree with that sentiment- another operator at Southsea sea front does short trips (15-20 mins) and issues lifejackets every time and also does a safety brief, this brief is slightly less than I do but covers everything needed for a short blast and very professional. (exhilaration boat rides)
Any operator as said who decides to just have LJs aboard as per requirement and does not issue them can be shown to be negligent if no LJ briefing is conducted. Take an aircraft, we dont wear LJs but we all gain a safety brief instruction on wearing them and where to find them.
In the case mentioned that started this I would hazard a guess nothing given on LJ fitting and use to non wearers?
250 has identified risk assessments and yes we have a full duty of care, in the event of an incident/report it would be hard to argue after the event I decided not to issue LJs because???