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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common accident claims: Fishermen

    Accidents at work aren’t limited to strains and sprains from manual handling and slips, trips and falls in the office corridor. Thinking outside of the box, many individuals work in sectors that may not immediately spring to mind, that present work-related accident risks, not found in common occupational fields. This finding is particularly true of the fishing industry, where work-related accidents and injuries can be life threatening.

    The risks of fishing

    Fishing is an industry integral to our food sector. It is responsible globally for providing seafood to markets, restaurants and to the shelves of our contemporary supermarkets.

    Although fishing is as age-old career, there remains an element of risk within the profession. No matter how skilled and experienced you are in the trade, working on water always lends itself to unpredictable work-related accidents.

    Common accidents for fishermen include, but are not limited to:

    • Ship accidents on the water – poor weather conditions make good fishing conditions, however, they also increase the risk of ships colliding and sinking
    • Sea life injuries – bites and nips from sea creatures can cause pain, lacerations and can even lead to infection
    • Drowning – a danger worsened by the weighty attire worn to protect fishermen from adverse weather conditions
    • Equipment injuries – modern-day fishing requires heavy-duty equipment which can cause accidents on the water
    • Slips, trips and falls – the very nature of the job role will involve the deck of the ship becoming wet, this can cause work-related accidents such as slips, trips and falls

    Who is to blame for your accident at work?

    While accidents do happen, and they are sometimes just down to a little mishap or lapse of concentration, there are times when the situation is more serious and injuries are sustained.

    If you have experienced a work-related accident that has caused you injury or illness and you believe you are not to blame, you could be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.

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    At work, your employer has a legal responsibility to guarantee your health and safety, in the case that they fail to protect your well-being, they can be found liable for your illness or injury, as well as any difficulties your accident has caused you and loss of earnings.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Accident Advice Helpline offers a free initial consultation regarding the specifics of your case, available to all victims of personal injury, with no pressure to continue with your claim following the call. Call today on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: SM Content

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