The Aberdeenshire town of Fraserburgh is dominated by its fishing port. The loading and unloading of fish can be a hazardous and difficult operation and can involve risks for the workers that are involved. For this reason, law firms like Accident Advice Helpline may have to participate in injury claims cases that follow an accident on a fishing vessel that is loading or unloading.
A claim for personal injury can be made by a worker who has been injured in an accident that was not their fault. They would be helped by a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline to claim compensation from the person that was at fault for the accident. So, how are these accidents caused? Here is some more information about injury claims and on how fishing accidents can happen..
Injury claims solicitors in Fraserburgh and responsibility for safety
There are regulations that apply specifically to loading and unloading of fishing vessels. They have been devised in order to make this operation as safe as possible. There is a duty upon the employer and the skipper of the vessel to comply with the regulations. Should an accident occur, most injury claims would be pursued against the employer as they can often be shown to be at fault for an accident.
If the accident was caused by the condition of the vessel or by unsafe working practices, then the person or organisation that has control of these would be claimed against. In practice, claims are often paid out of an insurance policy such as an Employer’s Liability Insurance policy.
Injury claims solicitors in Fraserburgh and industry safety precautions
One of the potentially dangerous procedures is moving on and off the vessel. It is really important that there is a safe way of getting onto the vessel and off again. Slips, trips and falls are an all too common occurrence in all occupations. A key factor for the fishing industry is to keep the following structures free of any substances or contamination that would make them slippery:
Fencing also has to be in place to stop people falling from the quayside and into the sea. Wherever possible, it needs to be provided on the open sides of gangways, footways and bridges. There are recommendations for how the fences should be constructed and where exactly they should be placed.There are also strict rules about the use of temporary ladders and rope ladders and the maintenance of wooden ladders.
Making a case with injury claims solicitors in Fraserburgh
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault you can find out about how to make a claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline. We will be able to allocate you a lawyer with experience in boat accidents and in workplace accidents involving fishing vessels. If you want to have a chat before starting the claim then you can call the 24-hour helpline for free on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, call 0333 500 0993 form your mobile.