Commercial fishing has a reputation for being strenuous and dangerous. Protecting yourself at work requires vigilance, compliance and experience.
Falling overboard can have detrimental consequences. Serious, catastrophic injuries might prevent you from ever working again. The outcome of such an incident could permanently impact your mobility and independence. Here are some ways to minimize your risks of falling overboard.
Working around fishing equipment requires knowledge and attentiveness. Consuming alcohol, sleeping pills or even an allergy medication could impact your awareness. You might have a difficult time making decisions, focusing on tasks and communicating with those around you.
Prior to going to work, make sure you get ample rest. Maintain a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Do not consume anything that will make you drowsy. Wear adequate protective gear. If you notice anything hazardous on the vessel, immediately bring it to the attention of your employer. Your vigilance could be the reason you and your coworkers stay safe.
Chances are your employer has safety protocols. Your effort to stay informed and comply with required regulations can protect you from danger. Experts also recommend working with another person at all times. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 53% of overboard incidents happen without any witnesses. Stay aware of your coworkers and know how to report an emergency.
Serious accidents on a fishing vessel could change your life completely. Doing what you can to protect yourself from danger might improve your productivity and your confidence at work. If you do experience an injury, collaborate with your employer to identify what changes need to happen to prevent future incidents.