Research and analysis

Safety lessons: long working hours at sea

A safety message to the fishing industry on the serious risk of fatigue for self-employed fishermen.


MAIB safety flyer issued January 2007

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This summary concerns the grounding of the stern trawler Brothers with loss of 2 lives after the watchkeeper fell asleep, highlighting the grave dangers associated with long working hours and fatigue, and the advantages of voluntarily supplying and fitting an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and a liferaft with a hydrostatic release unit.

This information has been prepared for the:

  • fishing industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 31 January 2006