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Phuket fishing fleet operators get grounding in emergency first aid

Phuket fishing fleet operators get grounding in emergency first aid

PHUKET: A training session to educate operators in Phuket’s fisheries industry in basic first aid and resuscitation was held at the Phuket Fishing Port in Rassada yesterday (June 14) in the hope of reducing the number deaths and injuries on board vessels and in fishery factories in the area.

Wednesday 15 June 2022, 12:07PM

“During 2020-2021, Phuket had a high risk of accidents in falls and deaths in the water,” Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong said in officiating the opening of the event.

“Therefore, building knowledge in first aid skills and resuscitation is very important and necessary to enable employees and people involved in the fisheries industry to be prepared to deal with unexpected situations that may arise at any time,” he added.

Thanapong Orachon, Chief of the Phuket Labour Protection and Welfare Office, explained that the training session was aimed at creating awareness of preventive measures for occupational health and safety in the working environment, specifically for those working in confined spaces.

The training yesterday saw two groups of 30 people from Phuket’s fishing industry undergo training provided by staff from Vachira Phuket Hospital, the DDPM Region 18 office and the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO).

The training included lectures and demonstrations of basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated defibrillator (AED).

Fastship Phuket

Mr Thanapong pointed out that the Division of Epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control recorded 62 incidents of injuries and deaths in confined spaces in the fisheries industry between 2003 and 2018.

The incidents affected 210 people. Of those, 80 were injured and 130 lives were lost, he said.

Overall, the mortality rate of people involved in safety incidents in confined spaces in the fisheries industry was 61.9%, he added.

“The rate of injuries and deaths has been increasing, especially during the years 2014-2018,” Mr Thanapong said.

“The highest was in 2017. There were 34 injuries and deaths, of which the most common cause of death was suffocation or insufficient oxygen, and inhalation of toxic gases during factory work,” he noted.

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Kurt | 17 June 2022 - 11:57:20

By many countries their navy's do ship inspections at sea. More effective than in a port. Check licenses, equipment, what they fish, check size of fishing net holes.

Kurt | 17 June 2022 - 11:37:35

Capt B, when navy ships do merchant ships/fishing boat  inspections at sea they come along side with a motorized dinghy they launch at small distance.

Capt B | 17 June 2022 - 05:21:25

As a Commercial Fisherman & Seafarer since 1978 I consider
the 1st 3 comments as Null & Void. @Kurt's last comment
is dangerous as it may cause structural damage to
timber vessels whilst underway. First Aid is good to know,
however, its another lifetime re-validation parasite.

JohnC | 16 June 2022 - 09:28:07

A good initiative. May I suggest teaching them to respect the ocean they exploit and pillage on a daily basis and while you're at it teach them to obey the laws made to protect the environment for future generations and to stop dumping their rubbish overboard! Bad enough that their toilets are just a hole where even bit of s..t goes in the water.

Kurt | 15 June 2022 - 19:24:07

Wow, a box of pandora opens! What is going on aboard Thai fishing vessels?
Death and injuries. On European fishing vessels, all like this is a rare phenomenon. Action step nr 1: Everybody working on a vessel must have a swimming diploma. Nr 2:  There must be at least 3 persons on board with a First Aid Diploma. Nr 3: Unanounced safety inspections at sea by the Navy, that comes alongside.

Paddy | 15 June 2022 - 13:17:22

When they are at it . Teach them not to throw old nets and garbage into the ocean or they will lose their fishing permit ?


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