Many of the dangers faced by fishermen are common to both commercial and recreational fishing activities. Such common dangers include slips, trips and falls; injuries by electrocution, fires or explosions and collisions with other vessels.
Other common risks
Extreme weather can also result in commercial and recreational fishing vessels to capsize or sink, causing injuries by falling overboard; near-drowning or drowning incidents and injuries by prolonged exposure to extreme cold. Bites and stings by potentially highly poisonous marine creatures could also be responsible for more or less severe personal injuries to commercial and recreational fishermen.
Crews on board commercial fishing vessels may also suffer injuries by accidents at work involving generally dangerous, faulty or poorly maintained machinery. Other fishing injuries at work consist of people being dragged into winches; work injuries by inadequately secured equipment falling or sliding across the deck and either trapping them or throwing them overboard.
More commercial fishing risks
Often working 21-hour shifts and more, crews on board commercial fishing boats also frequently suffer from extreme exhaustion. Dangerous for their health in itself, this may also lead to work related accidents. Sadly, lack of personal flotation devices, rescue and emergency equipment is often responsible for major and fatal injuries on commercial fishing vessels, as is the often complete disregard of safe working procedures.
When fishing for recreational purposes at sea, inexperienced anglers may suffer accidental injuries by underestimating the instability of vessels in bad weather, or the strength (and teeth) of a fish they are trying to land, for example. River fishing accidents often involve poor casting techniques and injuries by fishing hooks. Being swept away and battered by strong currents, stings and bites by insects and, depending on the location, other creatures are also possible dangers.
When fishing goes wrong
Fishermen, both recreational and commercial, injured by fishing accidents through no fault of their own some time during the past three years may qualify for personal or industrial injury compensation. If you think an injury you suffered at work or while on a recreational fishing trip was caused by another person, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline personnel by calling the company’s free phone helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline
In the business of securing personal and work injury compensation for employees and other people injured by accidents caused by others for many years, Accident Advice Helpline offers victims of accidents the services of an experienced, highly efficient in-house legal team under no win no fee* agreements.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice