© EU-OSHA Photo Competition 2011 / Fernando Coelho
The project ‘Safety in our nets’ aims at overcoming OSH risk in the fishing sector
Despite the rapid evolvements in the fishing industry in the last decades, the nature of fishermen’s work still accounts for a high rate of work-related injuries and diseases. Work characteristics require repetitive upper limb movement with a higher risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), particularly for shoulders, hands and elbows.
To explore the extent of occupational safety and health (OSH) risks, UILApesca, a union representing employees of the fishing and aquaculture sector, has set up the ‘Safety in Our Nets’ project. The main objective is to observe manual material handling tasks and the repetitive movements from the ergonomic point of view.
See the introduction to the project with the real-life examples of fishermen presented in this video
Get more facts on risk factors that contribute to the development of MSDs in fisheries in the OSHwiki article
Musculoskeletal disorders affect millions of worker in many activity sectors.