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Fishing vessels

The work performed aboard commercial vessels at sea brings inherent risk and Australia has seen a number of fatalities as a result of man overboard incidents. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) reported that between 1989 and 1992, 55 deaths resulted from man overboard events.

The Personal Flotation Devices information sheet outlines the man overboard risks associated with working on commercial vessels and provides simple and practical ways to minimise these risks, including the use of personal flotation devices where necessary.

Personal Flotation Devices can save lives in high risk conditions and some newer designs may even be suitable to wear at all times.