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Amended regulations aimed at improving safety on commercial fishing vessels
It’s now required that all crewmembers on the deck of a fishing vessel wear a PFD or a lifejacket
Published on: June 19, 2019
Richmond, B.C. — WorkSafeBC has amended its health and safety regulations related to personal flotation devices (PFDs) with the goal of improving worker safety on fishing vessels.
The amendments regulate specific conditions under which crewmembers are required to wear PFDs on commercial fishing vessels. Previously, crewmembers were only required to wear a PFD on a fishing vessel when working under conditions that involved a risk of drowning. Under the new rules, it is now required that all crewmembers on the deck of a fishing vessel wear a PFD or a lifejacket.
“Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in British Columbia and drowning is the leading cause of death among B.C. fishermen,” says Patrick Olsen, Manager, Prevention Field Services for WorkSafeBC. “Wearing a PFD reduces the risk of drowning and has been proven to save lives.”
Between 2007 and 2018, there were 24 work-related deaths in the commercial fishing industry, with 15 of those related to drowning. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation, which regulates diving, fishing and other marine operations, took effect on June 3, 2019.
“No matter what your role is on the vessel, crew safety affects everyone, “We are addressing the specific hazards of commercial fishing to better ensure crew member safety.”