Offshore workers are some of the most at-risk workers in the United States.
Whether these employees are working on fishing boats in the deep oceans
or are on oil drilling rigs, they are often put in dangerous situations
when the storms arise or the boats tip.
That is why the Professional Fish Harvester’s Certification Board
is helping the Fish Harvesting Safety Association in Newfoundland and
Labrador to address all sorts of workplace injuries in offshore fishing.
The organizations want to raise association throughout the world about
the illnesses and fatalities that can arise from working on one of these
fishing boats. The organizations say that the fish harvesting industry
is incredible dangerous, and many fail to protect workers as they should.
A newly created organization called the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish
Harvesting Safety Association will be comprised of 13 board members that
were nominated by their stakeholder group. The board members will represent
the fish harvesting industry and advocate on behalf of fisherman who are
at risk out on the ocean. According to studies, there have been 23 deaths
related to the fishing industry in the past 7 years and more than 1,000
accidents that resulted in work recovery. The fishing industry has had
to pay out about $98 million in claim costs and claim liabilities to workers
who were harmed while on the job.
If you are an offshore fisherman and you were injured, then you also have
the right to obtain the money you need from the company that did not advocate
for your safety. While many companies are trying to reform offshore fishing
industries in order to better care for those that are working on the vessels,
there are times that workers are negligent or foolish. Contact an attorney
at Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman today if you want more information about
worker’s compensation and offshore fishing.