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Common hazards in the fishing profession 

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | Fishing Industry

Fishing is not only a popular pastime in the U.S., it’s a major industry. Over 1 million people are currently employed in the fishing industry. 

While the business can be lucrative for both companies and workers, there are a number of risks. Outlined below are some of the most common hazards that commercial fishermen face. 

Overboard incidents 

Falling overboard is the most severe hazard that commercial fishermen face. Even an experienced swimmer can soon get into trouble with an unexpected fall overboard, and they may also have injured themself during the fall. The risk of drowning can become present within a matter of seconds, and if a rescue doesn’t happen quickly, the person overboard could perish. 

Slips, trips and falls 

The deck of any fishing boat is nearly always slippery. Fishermen can counter this somewhat by wearing safety shoes that increase grip. The company can also ensure that the boat is fitted with adequate handrails. Nonetheless, these measures don’t guarantee that falls won’t happen, and falls can result in very serious injuries. 

Machinery accidents 

Fishing boats utilize cranes, hoists and other powerful types of machinery. These pieces of equipment can make the job much more efficient. However, the consequences of something going wrong with these machines are severe. Fishermen are exposed to crushing injuries, amputations and other serious injuries when something goes wrong with heavy machinery. 

Being injured on deck can take a toll physically and emotionally. You may not be able to work for a sustained period while you recover. If this is the situation you’re in, it may help to look into your legal compensation options.