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What are common accidents on commercial fishing boats?

Alaskan fishers like you risk life and limb in order to make a living. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we take a detailed look at the most common types of accidents you might face on any commercial fishing vessel so you can prepare yourself to combat these dangers in the future.

The equipment and environment of commercial fishing vessels can lend themselves to the possibility of catastrophic injury. For example, amputations or severe spinal cord injury even resulting in paralysis can both occur due to the machinery you're working with or the choppiness of the sea. Crush injuries are also prevalent due to the fact that the tossing and turning of a ship can cause items to dislodge and fall.

Other injuries can include damage to the back and neck, especially with all of the lifting that's being done on board. Abrasions and burns can also occur. In some cases, injuries may even result in brain trauma depending on what causes the damage.

Of course, being on the sea comes with risks of drowning. It's possible for you to fall overboard, especially during storms or when traveling through rough waters. The frigid ocean temperatures and choppiness of the sea can cause you crucial harm or may even kill you if proper safety precautions aren't taken.

The dangers of commercial fishing are very real and impact everyone in this industry. If you would like to prepare yourself for the types of risks you might be up against, looking through our web page on commercial fishing accidents could be helpful.

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