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2 December Tennessee


State of Tennessee

An Act to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 62, Chapter 6; Title 68; Title 69 and Title 70, relative to marina and boat dock safety and cited as the "Noah Dean and Nate Act" goes into effect on January 1, 2015.  The Act includes new or revised definitions for the following terms: boat dock, boat dock or marina operator, marina, person, vessel, and watercraft.  The Act also includes three rules:

(1)   Any main overcurrent protective device, installed or replaced on or after April 1, 2015, that feeds a marina shall have ground-fault protection not exceeding one hundred milliamperes (100 mA). Ground-fault protection not exceeding one hundred milliamperes (100 mA) of each individual branch or feeder circuit shall be permitted as a suitable alternative. Each marina operator may determine the devices that it will utilize to achieve the one hundred milliamperes (100 mA) limit that is required by this subdivision (a)(1), including, but not limited to, the use of equipment leakage circuit interrupters or ground fault circuit interrupters;

(2)   Cause a safety inspection to be made between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017, and every five (5) years thereafter, by the state fire marshal. The inspection shall include a review of all sources of electrical supply, including ship-to-shore power pedestals, submergible pumps, and sewage pump-out facilities, that could result in unsafe electrical current in the water for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the standards for maintenance of electrical wiring and equipment that are applicable to the marina. In the event that a deficiency is found during a safety inspection, any subsequent inspection that is required for the inspection of repairs that are made to address such deficiency shall be conducted by a deputy electrical inspector who is commissioned under§ 68- 02-143; and

(3)   Install permanent safety signage with print legible at eighty feet (80') of distance and placed to give adequate notice, to persons using the boat dock or marina or swimming area near the boat dock or marina, of the electric shock hazard risks of the waters around the boat dock or marina. The signage shall state: "ELECTRIC SHOCK HAZARD RISK: NO SWIMMING WITHIN 100 YARDS OF THE BOAT DOCK".

The final section of the Act includes penalties for any boat dock or marina operator that intentionally or knowingly violates the requirements of the Act.

Contact: Bryan Holland, bryan.holland@nema.org

 

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