Loss of life on fishing vessels

This video discusses loss of life on fishing vessels, which is one of the nine safety issues identified by the Transportation Safety Board as posing the greatest risk to Canadians. To find out more about these safety issues, see the Watchlist 2012.

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Loss of life on fishing vessels

Advancing safety is at the core of what we do at the Transportation Safety Board. Our Watchlist—updated in June 2012—is the result of hundreds of investigations and countless hours of accident analysis. As a result, it identifies the issues that pose the greatest risk to Canadians and our transportation system. Fishing safety is one of these key issues.

Each year, we receive notice of countless marine accidents, but it's the ones involving fishing vessels that are responsible for the most fatalities: an average of one every month.

But there's not just one main cause; it's complicated, and each issue affects the others in different ways. For example, an unsecured hatch cover isn't just a careless work practice, it can also affect vessel stability. Without information about these risks, fishermen can end up in dangerous situations, which can lead to rushed decision making, which can lead to disaster.

One of our recent safety investigations identified 10 major issues that need to be addressed together. [Show them on screen.] We produced a video, and published an action booklet filled with helpful tips for working safer. You can view all of these on our website [show address on screen].

What will also help is coordinated action by leaders across the fishing community. If everyone works together—families, governments, businesses, fishing organizations in all regions of Canada—we can change the safety culture to one where the major concern is to engage in safe work practices. This will help place the emphasis on what should be everyone's top priority: making sure all fishermen make it safely back to port. And that's exactly why fishing safety is on our Watchlist.