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New York and New Jersey Commercial Fishermen May Benefit From Canadian Maritime Safety Study

Paul Hofmann
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Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

In June 2012, the Canada Transportation Safety Board released the results of a three year study into the safety of commercial fishing. The Board found 10 reasons that commonly contribute to commercial fishing accident injuries and fatalities. While the study was conducted in Canada, many of the same conditions and risks apply to commercial fishermen in the United States. Thus, it is important for maritime workers, for Northeast maritime injury lawyers, and for those who are simply concerned about maritime safety to understand the Canadian report and how it may be used to prevent future accidents for our fishermen.

 

The Results of the Canadian Report

 

The Transportation Safety Board identified 10 significant safety issues, which included:

 

  1. Failure to make sure properly fitting life-saving equipment was on board every voyage
  2. Fatigue
  3. Lack of relevant and practical training
  4. Lack of understanding about vessel stability and how to keep from capsizing
  5. Reducing safety risks such as overloading boats with fishing traps
  6. Delay in regulatory changes once safety risks are identified
  7. Lack of practical and understandable safety information for fishermen
  8. Failure to view safety and related costs as a key part of managing a fishery
  9. Failing to collect and analyze reliable data to help prevent future accidents
  10. The failure to make safe work practices routine

 

It was the recommendation of the Transportation Safety Board that these safety issues be addressed immediately to prevent additional injuries or fatalities.

 

Contact a New York Jones Act Lawyer if You’ve Been Hurt

 

The ocean does not recognize which country its fishermen come from. The safety risks may be the same for Canadian fishermen and fishermen off the Northeast Coast of the United States. If you have been hurt in a U.S. commercial fishing accident, then it is important to contact an experienced New York Jones Act attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and potential recovery.

 

Please call our maritime injury law firm today at 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or 1-800-362-9329 and please read our FREE publication, The Legal Rights of Injured Seamen and Other Commercial Mariners.


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