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Additional PFD Options on the Horizon

Industry Input Being Sought Through Online Survey New harmonized standards for personal flotation devices (PFDs), lifejackets and lifejacket components, and throwable lifesaving devices means more options of personal lifesaving appliances are on the horizon for the fishing industry. “We do know there are changes being made right now. Some of them are good changes that some folks in the fishing industry will like, but not all the changes we want to see… we get a lot of verbal PFD ...

Risk = Probability x Impact

Safety is the theme for this month’s issue of The Navigator. But safety is a concern because of risk. The fishery is widely regarded as being the riskiest occupation in the world. The risks have even been the subject of reality television shows, such as Deadliest Catch, about the crab fishery in Alaska. When the risks in your industry are offered to the public as a form of entertainment, to provide a vicarious thrill, it is not a good sign. Risk can be assessed based on the simple ...

Appropriate Technical Support is an Essential Part of Vessel Construction

When designing a new vessel or modifying an existing one, the starting point to ensuring safety is to work with competent persons that have the relevant skills, experience and education. There are many experienced and talented boatbuilders throughout Atlantic Canada — we just seem to have a knack for it in this region. Boatbuilders could be individuals that grew up around boatbuilding because of a family history in the industry. Boatbuilders could also be carpenters that became involved ...

A Decade of Promoting Safety in Nova Scotia’s Fishery

The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020. “We’re hoping to incorporate the 10th year anniversary into a few events throughout the year, including Splashes of Safety, but right now because of COVID-19 everything has kind of hit a pause,” said Matthew Duffy, safety advisor for the FSANS. He said once the COVID-19 all-clear comes, the FSANS plans to conduct man overboard drills during the spring along the Eastern Shore, all ...

Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia: Looking Back on 10 Years of Growth

Above: On the morning of Splashes of Safety 2019, the Are You READY team hosted a safety demonstration at the Shad Bay Wharf with Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch. Pictured from left to right: Capt. Danny O’Neill, Capt. Keith Colburn, Derek Fitzgerald, Matthew Duffy and Tommy Harper.   It may be hard to believe, but January 2020 marked 10 years in existence for the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS). After 10 years of working with the fishing ...

Fishermen Appear to be Onboard with New TC Safety Regulations

Transport Canada says there is a stable compliance rate within the fishing industry with the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations that came into force on July 13, 2017. “Since the regulations came into effect, there has been 2,270 inspections of small fishing vessels less than 24.4 metres or 150 gross tonnage (across Canada). A stable compliance rate has been noted, so no penalties have been issued for non-compliance with any of the new requirements of the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations,...

When You’re in Peril on the High Seas — What Happens Behind the Scenes?

Above: A Canadian Armed Forces CH-149 Cormorant helicopter conducts the rescue of a four-person crew in a 15-metre sailboat about 240 nautical miles southeast of Halifax on December 18, 2018. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Summerside and Glace Bay were sailing home from deployment when the rescue call came in. Photo: © 2018 DND-MDN Canada Something has gone wrong on your vessel in the North Atlantic. The seas are rough, the weather is uncompromising. You call for help over Coast ...

Risks and Risk Management

Fishing vessels are places of work. But they present safety hazards unlike those of most other places of work. They are on water, rather than land and can be a considerable distance from land or other potential sources of shelter or assistance, should they be needed. Vessels react to atmospheric and ocean conditions, moving in different directions as they pitch, roll and yaw. Space on a vessel is expensive, limited and usually well-utilized, often requiring people to live and work in ...

N.S. Fisheries, Trucking Safety Associations Partner on New Initiative

The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) and the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association have partnered on a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of back injuries in the workplace. The back injury prevention program was rolled out this spring with a television commercial to raise awareness and to divert people to make the call or check out the FSANS website about it. “The trucking and fishing industries are intertwined,” said Matt Duffy, safety advisor for the ...