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‘HOME AND DRY’: New prevention campaign launched due to high number of fatalities in the fishing industry


A new prevention campaign launches in response to the alarmingly high number of fatalities that have occurred in the fishing industry this winter (more than 10% of fatalities in the fishing industry over the last decade have happened in the last six months).

Over the recent winter, seven fishermen tragically lost their lives whilst working on fishing vessels, devastating fishing communities around the UK. Six of those fatal incidents saw fishermen ending up in the water.

Falling overboard is a major cause of death in the fishing industry.  85% of deaths involve people ending up in the water and 42% of all deaths are recorded as man overboard incidents.

Over the last 10 years (2011 to 2020), the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), reported 60 fatalities from UK fishing vessels and 51 of those ended up in water.  25 deaths were recorded as man overboard incidents. The highest number of fatalities is on vessels under 15 metres.

The Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) is launching its latest Home and Dry campaign focused on prevention of man overboard incidents. To help reduce deaths at sea from falling overboard, the campaign is reminding those who work on fishing vessels to take three simple steps:

  1. Complete a written risk assessment and review regularly
  2. Practise man Overboard drills regularly
  3. Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)on deck for if the worst happens

The campaign’s dedicated safety website offers helpful resources from a range of organisations, to help those working on fishing vessels to stay safe. It includes videos on how to do a risk assessment, advice on ManOverboard drills and training and how to wear a PFD properly.

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