Document Type

Report

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

39852

Funders

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Comments

Penney, G., Byrne, B. & Cattani, M. (2021) Professional Fishing Industry Fatality, Incident and Injury Data Project, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia.

Abstract

Analysis of occupational injuries and fatalities within the wild-catch Australian Commercial Fishing Industry (ACFI) is complicated by fishing crew (masters, deckhands etc) classification as workers being dependent upon the applicable occupational health and safety, and worker’s compensation legislation of the relevant State or Territory. While fishing vessels are considered a workplace consistently across all State’s and Territories Work Health and Safety (WHS) / Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) jurisdiction’s legislation, the people who work on them may not be deemed to be workers or employees as per state and territory workers compensation legislation. The exclusion of fishing crew as workers subsequently results in lack of worker’s compensation insurance data to analyse. Whilst designated marine incidents are required to be reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), it is recognised that severe under-reporting is present across the industry. Differences in both the definition of ‘work-related’ incidents, and data coding, between OHS and industry regulatory bodies means the ability to consolidate the various relevant datasets and literature is limited...

Additional Information

Ms Tanya Adams is acknowledged for her assistance in providing essential information relevant for the project.

DOI

10.25958/4vmm-3e56

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