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Alfred Deveau, fisherman and experienced diver, demonstrates an inflatable PFD to local crab harvesters prior to opening day of the season in Cheticamp on Thursday, July 12.
Nova Scotia fishermen are 19 times more likely to be killed at work than working Nova Scotians in general, according to Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) statistics.
In light of a recent Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report, it’s a sombre reflection on the desperate need for cultural change in the province’s fishing sector.
WCB representatives were on the main wharf in Cheticamp July 12, 2012 to wish fishermen a safe season and to urge everyone to wear a personal flotation device when working at sea.
Read more about why people who work in Nova Scotia's fishing industry experience one of the highest rates of death in the country in the press release and Fishing Safety - Statistical Overview.
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