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Yarmouth Sea Products outlines extensive safety steps taken following serious injury to crewmember in 2015

Public session part of court condition following convictions under Occupational Health and Safety Act It was just supposed to be another ordinary fishing trip, except that on the water things don’t always happen the way they’re supposed to.
In a room of fishermen and others 28 months later, the owners of that vessel, Yarmouth Sea Products Ltd., gave a presentation on the extensive safety steps that have been undertaken to prevent such an accident from happening again.
“We’re here with the intention of trying to educate and encourage members of the fishery to up their game when it comes to safety on the water,” said company attorney Clifford Hood during a public session in Yarmouth.
In a victim impact statement to the court the man said that day changed his life, and his family’s life, forever.
Yarmouth Sea Products Ltd. was charged with three Occupational Health and Safety Act charges that related to not ensuring protective equipment, ie: a hat hard, was worn; not having a written occupational health and safety program and not taking every precaution that is reasonable to provide instruction, training, supervision, etc., as necessary for the health and safety of employees.
The money that went to the safety association is being used for the printing and distributing of on-board familiarization checklists for the fishing industry, for fishing vessel safety and for educational awareness.
When interviewed after the accident, the injured crewmember had indicated that Compass Rose II was one of the safest vessels he had been on – this was his third trip – and that for hours and hours crewmembers were drilled by the captain about what to do and what not to do on boat, in addition to making them familiar with the vessel.
Procedural policies focusing on safety have been developed.
You have to make sure they are worn.
“Yarmouth Sea Products is sorry this accident happened but it can’t fix that, other than to come here today and try to advance safety in the industry.” There was lively discussion during the session.

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Safety, Security & Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University.
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