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Injury Prevention Resources for Fishing - Fish Processing

General Safety | Vessel and Crew Safety | Diving | Fish Processing

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the commercial fishing industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Fish Spine Injuries

This brochure, created for the British Columbia fishing industry, explains the dangers of exposure to the toxic spines of dogfish, ratfish, rockfish, and sea urchins, and how to prevent fish spine injuries. Also outlined are first aid procedures, and when a spine puncture should be considered a medical emergency.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (382 KB)

Treatment Guidelines for Marine Puncture Wounds

A marine puncture wound can cause serious injury and may also result in a serious infection. This document outlines how to treat toxic fish spine puncture wounds.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (289 KB)

NOTE: For general information regarding the manufacturing industry please go to our manufacturing portal.

OSH Answers: Fish processing

"In a secondary fish processing plant, workers are involved in such tasks as the buttering, breading, stuffing and packaging of fish that has already been de-boned and filleted in a primary processing plant."
Source: CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Crab Asthma

Crab asthma resources. Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Fish Processing Ergonomics

"Over 80% of the injuries in the fish processing industry are related to ergonomics. These types of injuries are predominant because of the extended shifts and the repetitive motion required for many tasks."

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