The Irish Sea fishing sector has a workforce of about 6,000 people and has a disproportionately high fatality and accident rate. On average there are about four or five fatal accidents annually in the sector.
Due to the nature of the sector, multiple fatality incidents have occurred when a vessel is lost at sea. This gives a very high rate of fatal accidents of approximately 66 per 100,000, which is over four times the rate in agriculture.
Some years, if taken in isolation, have particularly high numbers lost at sea.
Putting practical measures in place to prevent accidents and ill health is the key to improving the safety and health record in fishing.
Further information on Safety in the Fishing sector is available from BIM and Department of Transport.
Check Fatal and non-fatal accident statistics for the sector.