Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the UK with the fatality rate 100 times higher than the average for the general workforce.
The most common causes of fatalities include going overboard, flooding, and capsizing. Many commercial fishing deaths may have been preventable if appropriate safety measures were in place.
Reduce the risks:
- Check your vessel is stable - learn how to do a roll or offset load test.
- Do regular risk assessments to highlight hazards and dangers on deck. All crew should be fully trained on the equipment they are using.
- Familiarise your crew with your man overboard recovery plan - choose a recovery device suitable for your vessel and make sure everyone onboard knows the plan and has practised it.
- Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) - ensure your PFD is fit for purpose and correctly maintained.
- Carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) - it will help locate you if you go overboard, ensure it's always within reach and you know how to activate it in an emergency.
- In an emergency at sea send a Mayday distress alert on Channel 16, or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.