Suffering a fall on a boat whilst fishing can be painful and dangerous. Given the location of sea fishing, it’s easy to understand why safety precautions are so important.
What are the most common causes of a fall on a boat whilst fishing?
The reason such great care needs to be taken to avoid accidents on fishing boats is the sheer number of potential hazards available. The most common causes of slips and falls on fishing boats include, but are in no way limited to, the following:
- Trip hazards: From boxes of equipment to stretched lines, there are numerous trip hazards on fishing boats. For example, a bucket of bait could be left on a walkway. Alternatively, a spare fishing line could be stretched across, causing a trip or a fall. Take a look at any fishing boat. You will see an almost endless amount of ropes, buckets, nets and other equipment. Unless they are properly stored and tidied away, these can easily cause trip and fall accidents on board.
- Slip hazards: Are you likely to return from a fishing trip dry? Of course not. The same water that will leave you and your clothes wet will also pose a significant slip hazard. Fishing boat surfaces can be unsteady at the best of times. Bobbing about on the water can quickly knock you off balance. Add in a good layer of water to these surfaces and you’ll find yourself with some treacherous walkways.
How can you avoid a fall on a boat whilst fishing?
As mentioned, it’s essential to keep fishing boats tidy and their walkways clear. Not only does this prevent slips, trips and falls, it also makes it much easier to keep track of equipment. If you go on a fishing trip, thinking about what you’re going to wear can also help minimise the risk of accidents. Shoes with good grip can go a long way to preventing slips trips and falls.
If you suffer an injury following a fall on a boat whilst fishing, remember that you may be due injury compensation. Fishing trip organisers have a responsibility for the safety of their visitors. They must take all reasonable steps to minimise risks else they may be liable for injuries. For more information, call the Accident Advice Helpline team today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. Our friendly advisors are waiting to take your call.
Date Published: March 17, 2017
Author: Accident Advice