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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

    Injuries for off-shore fishermen

    Off-shore fishing is a high-risk occupation. Accidents at work for fisherman often have serious, even fatal consequences. Here are some of the main risks faced by off-shore fishermen.

    Fishermen vessel accidents

    Many work injuries and deaths are caused by fishing vessels:

    • Colliding with other vessels
    • Being struck by large waves
    • Running aground
    • Experiencing instability
    • Being flooded

    Injuries resulting from such fishing vessel accidents range from minor bruises, scrapes and cuts to severe neck, back, traumatic brain and fatal injuries.

    Falling overboard

    Some of the main causes of falling overboard include fishermen:

    • Losing their balance after their vessel was struck by a large wave or following unexpected vessel movements
    • Losing their footing on slippery decks
    • Getting knocked over by pieces of machinery or equipment
    • Getting caught in nets or other fishing gear and equipment

    The impact on the water can cause broken bones, shock, breathing difficulties and unconsciousness. Freezing cold water can cause hypothermia to set in very quickly, which can be fatal.

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    On-board accidents for fishermen

    Accidents on board fishing vessels include injuries by:

    • Malfunctioning equipment
    • Defective gear
    • Being hit by falling objects
    • Getting hands caught in machinery, such as winches

    Hazardous conditions including high winds, rough seas, wet, slippery decks, poor visibility, and human error can also lead to serious work-related injuries to fishermen. On-board injuries can consist of bruises, lacerations and broken bones, crushed limbs, debilitating back injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Many on-board injuries are also fatal.

    Onshore incidents

    When onshore, fishermen are faced by the risk of sustaining industrial injuries while hauling gear, moving equipment or boxes, transporting materials or loading vessels in preparation for the next off-shore fishing expedition.

    Heavy lifting often causes back and neck injuries and many injuries of varying types and severity are caused by slips and trips or accidents involving vehicles. Being struck by falling or rapidly moving objects can result in bruises, broken bones and head injuries.

    Making claims

    Many off-shore fishing accidents can be prevented by training workers properly and maintaining gear, other equipment and machinery in good working order. Fishing industry workers who sustained injuries at work through no fault of their own may qualify for industrial injury compensation.

    If this kind of scenario applies to you, call us here at the Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your situation and get you hooked up with one of our in-house industrial injury specialists. You can get in touch with us via your mobile by dialling 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice


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