Research and analysis

Safety lessons: avoiding impact injuries on rigid inflatable boats

A safety message to small high-speed craft operators and recreational craft users on how to minimise the risk of the likelihood of vibration and shock related injuries.


MAIB safety flyer issued January 2011

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A summary of an accident resulting in a passenger fracturing their lower back while on a high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB). The flyer details the importance of appropriate seating, helmsmen training and conducting whole body vibration and shock impact risk assessments.

The information has been prepared for:

  • small high-speed craft operators
  • recreational craft users

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 6 May 2010