Slips and Trips
Fishermen constantly face the dangers of slips and trips and most of the time do not even notice them or think of the possible consequences.
On small fishing boats it is essential to maintain good day-to-day housekeeping, as free space is always at a premium. It should be easy to move around the working areas of the boat without the risk of slipping and tripping. To prevent slips and trips which could result in serious injury or a fall overboard:
- Keep the deck working area tidy and clear of obstructions where possible.
- Mop and clean up any spills which make the deck slippery. Use the deck wash to flush fish slime or flake ice overboard via the scuppers.
- Mop up spills of liquids or grease as soon as they happen. Mop up hydraulic or diesel oil spills and dispose of using shore waste oil facilities.
- Secure all loose items of equipment on deck such as boarding ladders, additional fishing gear, spare equipment, pots, spare netting etc. Keep clear access to vital safety equipment and controls.
- Ensure the scuppers are not blocked by equipment stored on deck.
- Avoid standing on netting and watch out for ropes and wires. Remove any unnecessary obstructions from your boat and cooperate with the Harbour Authority in keeping the areas adjacent to ladders clear.
- Wear suitable slip-resistant shoes or boots (even in the galley).
- Use non-slip mats on slippery surfaces and on the galley floor.
Report any potential hazards, accidents or incidents to the skipper so that changes can be made and the risk of injury removed or reduced.