2017年10月25日

Questions about the safety of fishing boats

The search continued Tuesday for a second day in a row in Gaspésie to find a 53-year-old man without wearing safety vest fell into the waters of the St. Lawrence River on Sunday night. The man was handling the parvenu (stabilizer) of the Simian ship when it made a fall. This drama revives the issue of safety aboard fishing boats.

Since July 13, Transport Canada has tightened the rules for fishing vessels. Safety equipment is mandatory and must be adapted to the length of the vessel. Although templates are available on the ministry website, the written procedures do not have to be approved by inspectors. Is it any wonder that the man was not wearing his flotation jacket? No, since the fishermen admit from the start not to wear it, because of their movements which are limited.

"When (the fishermen) go out on deck, it's to work," said Sylvain Dionne, who has now retired from fishing. It is very cumbersome. How would you wear a raincoat and a coat with a similar affair? The raincoat, we have to wear it, otherwise you're wet! “The belt, however, can only prolong the survival of a man already at sea. It does not prevent accidents. At the Committee on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST), upstream work with the master is preferred to ensure that crew members are familiar with the equipment and procedures emergency.

"The primary goal of CNESST is to eliminate risks at the source," explained Communications Manager Maxima Boucher. We want to get workers and employers to eliminate those risks. In the context of falling overboard, it is understood that the wearing of a life jacket will always be strongly recommended. But it will always be a means of secondary security. It may be possible to recover the worker more quickly if he falls, but the primary goal is to eliminate the fall overboard. "

A fisherman, who does not wish to be identified, lamented the lack of realism of some training exercises. He gives as an example a recovery training of unconscious men fell to the sea offered ... in the pool! According to him, this training does not prepare to face conditions like last Sunday in Sainte-Anne-des-Mints: waves of three meters, a wind of 50 kilometers / hour, heavy showers, and water cold of the river.

In addition, at the end of the fishing season, as was the case for the Simian crew, the numbers are often reduced. At the time of the tragedy, the captain was alone with his fisherman. "Two is the bare minimum, explained the former fisherman Sylvain Dionne. Normally, it's at least three. Of course it depends on the type of fishing ... but it's at least three!" The CNESST and Transport Canada reports on this accident are expected in the coming months.


  


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