Whether on the Water or on the Road, Be Careful!

July 15, 2015

The Commission de la construction du Québec is proud to join forces with the Sûreté du Québec in the framework of its annual road and recreational safety campaign for a second consecutive year. The idea is to encourage the whole of the members of the industry to be cautious and to adopt a safe conduct behind the wheel of a vehicle or a watercraft. Everyone loves to go on vacation, but it’s even more important to return home in good health!

Every year, more than 80% of the workers and employers of the industry, along with their loved ones, are on holiday during the construction industry vacation period.

Many workers and employers in the construction industry love the great outdoors. During the annual summer vacation that is fast approaching, several of you will be planning, if you haven’t yet done so, a fishing trip or a few days on a family boating expedition. The Sûreté du Québec (SQ), in collaboration with the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ), is taking this opportunity to remind you of a few tips that could be useful if you sail on Québec’s magnificent waterways.

Wear your life jacket at all times

Whether you are on the water or close to the water, wearing your life jacket may save your life. Don’t
forget that a life jacket must be available in the correct size for every person on board.

If your little deckhands travel with you, make sure that their life jackets include the following safety
- a large collar for supporting their head out of water;
- ties at the waist or elastic shirring in the front and the back;
- a safety strap at the crotch to keep the jacket from slipping over their head;
- safety straps with buckles;
- a reflective strip.

Be sure to have in your possession all the documents and equipment required on the Boat

The main documents you may be required to provide are your pleasure craft permit, the boat’s
registration papers, documents supporting your operator competency, and your personal
identification documents. You must therefore have these in your possession on a permanent basis.

As regards the minimum requirements in the area of safety equipment, these vary according to the type and length of the craft. It is recommended to always check on the matter with the competent authorities before your departure.

Possess the skills needed to sail with precision

As is the case with all types of vehicles, be it on land or on water, it is important to master the technique for sailing your craft. For example, you may not feel safe driving a personal watercraft, despite the fact that you have the right to drive one. As a general rule, taking a boating course is an excellent way to increase your level of confidence and control at the helm of your craft.

To learn more about nautical safety, refer to the SQ’s website. An abundance
of practical advice is posted, as well as the Safe Boating Guide, published by Transport Canada (TP-511E).

On the ATV trails, I go easy on the throttle

Another very popular summer activity is riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), namely a quad. Be
reminded that you must always wear a helmet when driving this type of vehicle, whether you are riding
on a trail or not. Note that the speed limit is 50 km/h on the trails.

In 2014, the Sûreté du Québec registered 26 fatal collisions and 121 collisions leaving people
seriously injured, all linked to riding an ATV. Many of these sad events could have been prevented
by simply slowing down and adopting safe and responsible behaviour.

Have a great vacation!

Comission de la construction du Québec/Sûreté du Québec