The Transportation Safety Board released its investigation report on the Nov. 2015 death of a worker who went overboard on the opening day of lobster season in Nova Scotia. The TSB investigation found that while the crew was setting lobster traps, one of the traps got caught on a rail. A deckhand tried to free the caught trap with his feet and, while doing so, he stepped into the coils of rope attached to the traps. When he got the trap free, it quickly went over the stern, dragging him with it. The TSB found that although it was commonly known and understood by the crew that stepping in the coils of rope was a significant safety risk and shouldn’t be done, this point wasn’t reinforced or addressed at regular safety meetings. In addition, the crew didn’t conduct emergency drills.
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