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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 ...

Fishing Safety Highlighted at First Annual FSANS Awards

Above: Captain Keith Colburn (standing left) and safety advisor for the FSANS, Matthew Duffy, pose with Ken Lukas (front row from left), Barbara Duffy, Lorraine MacLean, Darrell MacLean, John Calder and Kim Calder at the Splashes of Safety awards banquet in Halifax on Sept. 28. Contributed photo Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry was celebrated at the first annual Splashes of Safety awards dinner and fundraiser on Sept. 28 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax....

Survivor Extreme – Part II

On November 1, 1995, a tug with four men onboard, struck a rock in waters approximately 10 miles south of Nain, Labrador. Within a few minutes, the severely damaged Sea Alert sank. One man, engineer Dave Barnes, managed to get off the ship. His struggle to survive over the next 16 hours is almost incomprehensible. This is the continuation of Survivor Extreme.   When Dave ran from the engine room to the deck, he saw his three shipmates, Eph Skinner, Dave House and the tugboat’s ...

Building a Better Future – Part II

Last month we told you about a remarkable fisherman from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. Leonard LeBlanc has worked tirelessly to make the fishing industry as progressive as possible. Leonard has retired from the fishing boat now but his work with various associations continues. Improving safety in the fishing industry has been a large part of Leonard’s raison d'être for a long time. An accident that claimed the life of his young son had a lot to do with that role. This is Part II of Building a ...

Emergency Ready

“Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” This poignant line from the Gordon Lightfoot song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sums up the reason that Canadian Coast Guard and Search and Rescue personnel go to work every day. On the east coast of Canada, from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Labrador, to the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy and throughout the Gulf of St. Lawrence, these men and women have provided ...

Gangways: Simple Safety

The topic of gangways causes me to reflect over the past 30 years, and for that matter all my life, of all the time I have spent on and around wharves and boats and how often I have risked my life trying to get aboard a vessel. Everyone involved in the marine industry can relate to this topic and can visualize what I am talking about. Boarding a vessel is always a risk, particularly smaller vessels in the 35’ to 65’ category. The boat is rarely perfectly positioned to enable easy access ...

EPIRBs Should be Essential Equipment Aboard Fishing Vessels

Time is of the essence when a person goes overboard and a vessel or fisherman carrying an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), which has been registered with the rescue coordination centre in Halifax, could mean the difference between life and death. This was clearly shown on Nov. 30, 2015, 23 nautical miles from Clark’s Harbour, Nova Scotia. On that date, a crewman aboard the Cock-a-Wit Lady fell overboard. This was dumping day for the LFA 34 lobster fishery, with ...

Safety – Everybody’s Job

Safety in the fishing industry is different than in other industries. Statistically, fishing is still the most dangerous occupation in the country outside the military and policing. We lose, on average, nearly a dozen fishermen every year. That high number is due in part to the fact that some accidents at sea cause multiple deaths, especially in these days of larger boats. While no two fatal accidents are alike in the inshore fishing industry, there are often similarities. I once wrote ...

Safe Work Practices a Must, According to Transportation Safety Board

A lot of ship-board accidents, including people falling overboard, could be prevented if safe work practices were in force. According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), regulations place the responsibility on the authorized representative to develop procedures for the safe operation of the vessel. “The resulting safe work practices help ensure that masters and crew members have the knowledge, as well as the necessary information to make sound decisions in any operating conditio...