Safety on the Job

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A fishing vessel can be a dangerous working environment. But the risk of accidents will be greatly reduced if proper precautions are taken. This section outlines some basic guidelines for avoiding accidents on board.


an untidy deck.

An untidy deck is sure to cause accidents. Keep decks clear, and stow all ropes in coils.

the rear deck of a vessel, containing crates which are secured with ropes.

Deck gear should always be tied down so it won’t come loose in the worst possible conditions.

a stove with a guard rail. utensils secured in a rack on the wall.

Use proper safeguards in the galley. Keep utensils secured in racks or drawers, and use a guard rail on the stove.

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