Research and analysis

Safety lessons: dangers of single-handed fishing operations

A safety message to the fishing industry issued after a fatal accident on a single-handed scallop dredger, highlighting areas to consider when minimising risk.



This summary concerns the accident leading to a fatality on board fishing vessel Ronan Orla and covers the dangers of single-handed fishing operations, identification of safe systems of work, hazard prevention, material condition of deck machinery and appropriate use of personal protective equipment.

The information has been prepared for members of the:

  • fishing industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 15 June 2015