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Risk of death in commercial fishing, part 2: efforts to improve safety

In the first part of this post, we took note of the risk of death to workers in the commercial fishing industry. Four fishermen have lost their lives on this season of the popular reality-TV show Deadliest Catch. In 2014, there were 22 deaths from fishing-related injuries.

Facts about freezer work, part 2: How dangerous is it for workers?

Large fishing vessels called freezer-trawlers and freezer-longliners process and freeze their catch while out at sea. As we discussed in part one of this post, freezer-trawlers (FTs) and freezer-longliners (FLs) can be dangerous for workers due to the heavy equipment and exposure to numerous risk factors. Many workers decide to take the risk in order to potentially reap a lot of cash for big hauls.

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