By Tina Comeau
It’s not just enough for fishermen to know about safety, they have to care about it too.
This is part of the ongoing message industry partners are spreading in a sector that sees high rates of fatalities and injuries.
“These vibrant communities . . . this pride-rich tradition needs to be protected,” says Stuart MacLean, CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of Nova Scotia. “You don’t go to work to get hurt. You go to work to provide a living for your family and to come home.”
Last year saw many tragedies in the fishing industry. There were eight fishing deaths in this province in 2013, representing half of the province’s total number of acute workplace fatalities. As of Aug. 19, there had been two deaths in the industry in 2014.
MacLean says it is important not only to prevent industry fatalities and injuries, but to learn from them as well.
It is also important to ensure a culture of safety exists, whereby captains stress to their crews that safety and best practices are paramount on a vessel, and everyone – captains and crewmembers – partake in ways to keep themselves safe.
The WCB took the opportunity to further advance the safety message with some man overboard safety demonstrations at the Wedgeport Breakwater Wharf on Aug. 19. The demos were held prior to the send-off of boats in this year’s Wedgeport Tuna Tournament.
Partners in this initiative included local fishermen,…
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