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Too many Nova Scotians dying in the fishing sector

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.

Cheticamp crab fisherman Alfred Deveau demonstrates an automatically inflating personal floatation device by jumping off the wharf in Cheticamp. The demonstration was part of a safety campaign being rolled out by the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia.

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.

Media Coverage:

Cape Breton Post - Campaign aims to get fisherman hooked on safety.

Cape Breton Post - Warmer weather heats up lobster landings off Cape Breton

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