Prevention of accidents at work in Nordic fisheries

What has worked?

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The study is based on a combination of previous research and historical initiatives taken by authorities in the respective Nordic countries to promote safety in fisheries. So far there has been limited knowledge about what has worked and has positively influenced the rate and severity of occupational accidents, and fishermen's own experiences with prevention has not been studied. Therefore, the project has been supplemented with a joint Nordic investigation of fishermen, focusing on the accumulation of the fishermen’s experience regarding actions that have played a preventive role in terms of occupational accidents in fisheries. On this basis, the results of the study have been summarised. Possible explanations for the significant reduction in the work accidents highlighted by the report, and recommendations for dissemination of the results of the project have been outlined.



Denmark: Occupational accidents and safety work in the Danish fishery – Developments and preventive measures

In 1988, the first comprehensive study of occupational safety and health in the Danish fishing and merchant navy was completed (Jepsen and Christiansen, 1988). This study showed that there was a great need for substantial improvement of the work environment and health care of seafarers, fishermen and employees on oil rigs. This study identified five key recommendations.


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