COMMERCIAL FISHING SAFETY

Fishing Safety Videos

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The NIOSH Fishing Safety Program has created a number of safety training videos covering man overboard and deck safety topics. Videos are available to stream from the NIOSH YouTube channel and hard copies of available videos can be requested by emailing nioshfishing@cdc.gov.

Fishing Safety Success Story: The More You Wear It, The Better Off You Are (NIOSH Pub. #: 2019-164)

Total running time: 04:18

Audience: commercial fishermen, the commercial fishing industry, safety trainers, and other industries where people work on or over the water (bridge construction, tug and barge work, quarry mining, etc.)

Falls overboard are the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen in the United States and the leading cause of death among lobstermen in the Northeast U.S. from 2010 to 2014. NONE of the victims were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. In November of 2016, Tyler was working as a sternman on his dad’s lobster boat when he was knocked overboard by a trap they were setting. Tyler’s newly acquired life vest inflated and kept him above the water while his dad maneuvered the boat to rescue him. Find your flotation at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing/pfds.html.

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Fishing Safety Success Story: Man, This Could Be It (NIOSH Publication Number: 2019-163)

Total running time: 05:20

Audience: commercial fishermen, the commercial fishing industry, safety trainers, and others who work on or over the water (bridge construction, tug and barge work, quarry mining, etc.)

Lobstermen have the highest number of fatal falls overboard among commercial fishermen in the Northeast U.S. from 2010-2014. NONE of the victims were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. In the fall of 2016, Gerry fell overboard while mooring his lobster boat; he wasn’t wearing a PFD. Water filled his oil skins and he was unable to re-board his boat. He struggled in the water for 15 minutes before being rescued by his brother. He’s now a vocal advocate for the necessity of PFDs when working on or around the water. Find your flotation at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing/pfds.html.

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Fishing Safety Success Story: I Reached Over and Hit the E-Stop (NIOSH Pub. #: 2018-153)

Total running time: 05:46

Audience: commercial fishermen, the commercial fishing industry, safety trainers, and others who work with purse seine deck winches and line haulers.

Entanglements in fishing gear and deck machinery are a leading cause of injuries in commercial fishing. Pat and his crew used an emergency stop (E-Stop) on their deck winch to prevent an injury to one of their deckhands while salmon seining in Alaska. Being able to stop deck machinery quickly and easily can mean the difference between a near miss, a career-ending injury, or even death. Find out more about preventing entanglement injuries at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing/decksafety.html.

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Fishing Safety Success Story: My Life Vest Saved Me (NIOSH Pub. #: 2018-107d)

Total running time: 06:34

Audience: commercial fishermen, the commercial fishing industry, safety trainers, and other industries where people work on or over the water (bridge construction, tug and barge work, quarry mining, etc.)

Falls overboard are the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen in the Unites States. Between 2000 and 2014 there were 210 fatal falls overboard in the United States and NONE of the victims were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. Stan fell overboard setting pots at the start of Dungeness crab season in Oregon, his story has a different ending because he was wearing his PFD. Find your flotation at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing/pfds.html.

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Paul Revere: A Story of Survival in Bristol Bay (NIOSH Pub. #: 2014-115)

Total running time: 10:25

Audience: commercial fishermen, the commercial fishing industry, safety trainers, and other industries where people work on or over the water (bridge construction, tug and barge work, quarry mining, etc.)

Vessel disasters account for over 50% of commercial fishing fatalities in the United States. This video highlights an all too common type of vessel disaster, a rapid capsizing event due to large waves. The story focuses on a vessel that capsizes in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, and the crew was able to survive 2 hours in the cold water due to the inflatable Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) they wear as standard work gear. The PFDs kept them afloat while they worked on getting to shore. PFDs are a proven solution to extending survival time of workers in the water, even cold water. NIOSH recommends all fishermen find a comfortable PFD and wear it on deck 100% of the time.

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Man Overboard: Prevention and Recovery (NIOSH Pub. #: 2011-126d)

Total running time: 17:33

This is a safety awareness video designed to help crew members be more aware of how to prevent and respond to man overboard events. It features interviews with fishermen about experiences with falling overboard, and explains how to successfully recover a person in the water. The video also highlights different equipment that is available such as man overboard alarms and various rescue devices.

View this video on the NIOSH YouTube channel.

Also available in DVD format, email nioshfishing@cdc.gov to request a copy.


The Most Powerful Thing: Deck Safety Awareness for Purse Seiners (NIOSH Pub. #: 2007-126d)

Total running time: 40 minutes

The Most Powerful Thing… Deck Safety Awareness for Purse Seiners is a safety awareness video designed to help crew members be more aware of safety hazards on board purse seining vessels with a particular focus on the capstan deck winch.

View this video on the NIOSH YouTube channel.

Also available in DVD format, email nioshfishing@cdc.gov to request a copy.

Page last reviewed: January 6, 2020