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It is a known fact that in the commercial fishing industry there are extremely high risks involved. When you are a fisherman you are more than 100 times likelier to suffer a fatal accident than the rest of the workforce.

It is estimated that for every 1,000 fishing boats there are almost 55 accidents[1] which is why the UK’s Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) regards fishing safety, and the use of marine safety equipment among vessels and its workers, to be some of its most vital work.

One of the main concerns of the MCA was with lifejackets on board fishing vessels as it is very common to not see fishermen wearing them.

Between 1996 and 2006, approximately 82 fishermen died after falling overboard without the required lifejackets. It is thought that with the right life saving equipment such as lifejackets or a buoyancy aid the chances of survival greatly improve if you do happen to fall overboard.

According to the general safety regulations of the MCA, guidelines suggest that lifesaving and safety equipment should be carried on all fishing vessels.

There should be enough lifejackets for everyone onboard in addition to extra lifejackets, should there be a requirement.

Further guidelines suggest:

  • There should be a float-free arrangement for life rafts
  • Emergency position-indicating radio beacons should be provided
  • All lifejackets should be equipped with lights

Although only thought of as a guide, the MCA document is a valuable source of safety information for fishermen whether amateur or experienced.

According to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, fatal accidents are caused mostly by men who do not wear lifejackets and fish without them.[2] Many find them too difficult to work in, however buoyancy aids can solve this problem.

When it comes to fishing, specialist equipment in the form of lifejackets and buoyancy aids are available in numerous styles even if you just want to fish off bass in a small boat. Check out our full range online.

Ensuring that you, your family and friends are safe while they are out at sea is important for anyone who regularly goes out on the water and at Adec Marine we supply everything you need to make sure that you achieve this. With our expert team of staff, knowledge and equipment we have all that you require to make the right choice when it comes to keeping safe when you’re out in the water, on a boat, yacht or commercial vessel.

Whatever safety equipment you require while out on the water, we can guide you in the right direction, we even offer a servicing option for existing life rafts. Contact us for more information.

[1] http://www.safeworkers.co.uk/safety-issues-commercial-fishing-industry.html

[2] http://www.fishermensmission.org.uk/sea-safety.html

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