Focusing on the Safety of Lobster Fishers
Last spring, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) made and posted an awareness video for lobster fishers.
Entitled Setting the Course for Safety: Preventing Falls Overboard and filmed on lobster boats from the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands, the video shows fishers and deckhands at work, explaining and sharing preventive knowledge and the "tricks of the trade" they use to avoid falling overboard. According to fishers, the most dangerous situation in the season is the setting of traps when the fishery opens.
The video highlights the preventive strategies that have been found to be the most effective and easily adopted by the greatest number of fishing crews. It includes tips and advice regarding various working situations, such as loading, setting, hauling up and resetting traps; letting out ropes; arranging and snaring buoys; shifting trawls in the fishing area; the type of clothing worn by fishers; and preventive strategies on deck.