What if you don’t come home.
The SeSAFE project commenced in 2018 funded by the FRDC and the Australian fishing and aquaculture industry. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness and improve safety performance in the fishing and aquaculture industry Australia wide.
Australia’s fishers take action to improve industry safety.
“It’s always in the back of your mind. You talk about if anything happens. He always showed me what to do if the boat flips over or anything. How to get out… but, upside down everything is different.”
These are the words of Michael Williams, the man who swam more than 20 kilometers to get help after the fishing boat he was working on flipped. His skipper did not make it.
In memory of Ryan Donoghue 23 September 1993 – 23 November 2013
SeSAFE’s Learning Management System aims to bring more fisherman home safely through safety training and education.
The LMS provides fishing companies and boat owners an effective tool to induct fishers and aquaculture workers in relevant workplace health and safety (WHS) in a simple and readily…
The average number of fatalities of commercial fishers per year on Australian waters.
The number of times more likely a fatality will occur on a commercial fishing boat compared to mining.
The cost in billions of dollars that workplace injuries, illness, and disease cost the Australian economy each year.
The number of injuries and accidents per year on Austalian waters is unknown because the data is unreported.
For more than a decade the safety performance of the Australian fishing and aquaculture industry has not improved with an average of 25 fatalities each year. Working in this industry is the most dangerous occupation in Australia, and fatalities are approximately twenty five times higher than the mining and construction industries. The most ‘at risk’ group are young fishers and aquaculture workers between the ages of 20 to 24 years, followed by those aged 45 – 54 years. The FRDC’s Marine Safety and Welfare Initiative aims for zero deaths, a significant reduction in injuries and 100 per cent compliance with safety regulations.
Safety in the fishing and aquaculture industry has traditionally been shaped by national, state and territory maritime laws. Fishing vessels are permitted to operate once they have satisfied a safety inspection or “survey” carried out by the relevant maritime authority. This creates an assumption that vessels “in survey” are safe. However, these surveys only address a narrow scope of safety requirements pertaining to the seaworthiness of the vessel, based on vessel design and stated area of operations. They do not overlap with workplace health and safety (WHS) laws that mandate broader workplace safety requirements. Surveys also allow for what is known as “grandfathering” of older vessels. This permits a vessel to be assessed against a retrospective standard, generally a lesser standard, in order to obtain a survey certificate.