July 12: Safety in Fishing Industry Needs Improvement

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According to the results of a three-year investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the fishing industry needs to improve workplace health and safety. It’s report identifies 10 key issues that the industry, regulators and fishing community must address to adequately protect workers, including:

  • Fishermen need to understand and apply the principles of stability.
  • Lifesaving appliances should be properly designed, carried, fitted, used and maintained for fishing operations.
  • Training needs to be effective and reinforced by regular practice.
  • The fishing community needs to accept the cost of safety as an integral part of fishing.
  • The risks of fatigue must be understood and managed.