Fishermen work in one of the most dangerous occupations not only in the UK, but throughout the world. Apart from the obvious risk of unpredictable weather conditions and high seas, fishermen face an array of other potential injuries at work.
Accidents at work on fishing vessels
Many fishermen are killed or injured at sea due to anchor failures; explosions and fires; capsizing or collisions with other vessels; grounding or foundering (sinking, loss of buoyancy). Others are struck by falling objects, injured by accidental contact with machinery or thrown overboard during storms or accidents at sea involving other vessels, rocks, reefs, and so on.
In addition, fishing industry workers are also exposed to the risk of injury by slipping on wet, potentially slimy surfaces; tripping over equipment, ropes and other hazards and falling from heights.
Injuries at sea
The severity of work injuries to fishermen can vary from minor cuts, bruises and abrasions to broken limbs, serious back/spinal injuries and head injuries or brain damage. Crushing injuries and hypothermia following falls into often freezing sea water are also common. Asphyxiation and drowning are among the most common fatal injuries in the fishing industry.
Repetitive strain injury
Repetitive movements, working in unfavourable positions or being exposed to vibrating machinery for long periods may also result in fishermen developing repetitive strain injuries, hand-arm vibration and similar industrial conditions.
If you were injured or lost a loved one through an accident aboard a fishing vessel, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. The accident leading to the injury or death must have occurred within the past three years and responsibility for the incident must lie with someone other than you or the family member you lost.
Claiming for compensation
The freephone number of the Accident Advice Helpline is available every day of the year, 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Call an adviser to find out whether you qualify for compensation. All calls are obligation-free and advisers will keep everything that is discussed strictly confidential.
No win no fee compensation
Once it has been established that you are entitled to claim, you will be passed on to an experienced work accident compensation lawyer who will assist you in all aspects of your claim process under a no win no fee agreement. This means you pay no fees, legal or other costs until your compensation has been secured.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown