The town of Fraserburgh lies within Aberdeenshire in Scotland, some 40 miles north of Aberdeen and 17 miles north of Peterhead.
The town boasts a large commercial harbour, but most of its income is derived from the fishing industry. As Europe’s largest shellfish port, where more than 12,000 tonnes of shellfish were landed in 2008 and as one of the few remaining major white fish ports, Fraserburgh has a long maritime tradition. It dates back to around 1590, when the small harbour at Faithlie was developed into a much larger harbour and turned the entire area’s fortunes. Just two years later Faithlie was renamed into Fraserburgh, after the powerful family whose money, entrepreneurship and determination had transformed the fortunes of the place.
Herring fishing in the early part of the 19th century provided much needed employment. By 1840 the industry had attracted an additional 1200 people to work in the parish, swelling the numbers of the existing 2,954 souls already living in Fraserburgh by 1831. A fleet of around 220 boats was created for the herring fishery and around £30,000 was spent to develop the harbour further. The British Government, during the early part of the 19th century, subsidised the herring fishery with money for catches but only for boats exceeding 60 tons. Any herring sold abroad, after the advent of the railways, would also receive an additional bounty. This made fishing towns like Fraserburgh enormously attractive for workers.
Today, shellfish like scampi or langoustine are the single most economically valuable species contributing to the Scottish fishing industry. Fish processing is hard work that is badly paid but in a part of Britain were employment opportunities can be scarce for unskilled workers, working in fish processing places where shellfish is frozen, chilled or canned for the retail and catering trades may be the only alternative to being receiving unemployment benefits. Working long hours in chilled environments together with the tedious task of washing, cleaning and sorting shellfish can have long-term consequences for a worker’s health, if an employer does not stick to strict rules of health and safety. Repetitive strain is an industrial illness that can be debilitating for a person, robbing them of the chance to enjoy life to the full and to strive for better paid, skilled work.
If you suffered an injury in an accident at work and would like to talk to somebody about claiming compensation, find an accident solicitor in Fraserburgh or other solicitor specialising in injury at work claims.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Fraserburgh?
If you are looking to hire a no-win, no-fee specialist accident solicitor in Fraserburgh, you should call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to one of their friendly advisers. All Accident Advice Helpline’s Scottish legal partners offer no-win, no-fee services.
The adviser can allocate your case to a legal partner best suited to your particular claim. This may or may not be an accident solicitor in Fraserburgh, but you can rest assured that it will be a specialist in the field of injury claims. Accident Advice Helpline has been assisting non-fault accident victims for more than 15 years and has settled thousands of claims successfully in that time.
Date Published: 8th August 2013