The Government has moved to reduce injuries and fatalities in the commercial fishing sector, which killed 33 people in the past decade, with a new action plan.
Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in New Zealand and makes up 7.5 per cent of all workplace injuries; nearly twice the next most dangerous sector, mining and quarrying.
The plan, launched this morning on the Wellington waterfront, aims to improve safety by: requiring crew to improve their competency, gathering better information on risks and injuries in the sector, introduce a new safety management system and improve communications with the industry.
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said any injury or death was one too many.
"We just want New Zealanders to go to work in the morning and come home safely to their families at night."
The Government wanted to change the culture towards safety in the industry, she said. "For New Zealanders to realise there are risks and hazards out there and to do what they can to minimise those."
The Government was concerned accidents weren't always reported, Wilkinson said.
"We know there are five areas which are the most dangerous and that's why we've concentrated on those."
There are 7000 workers in the commercial fishing industry.
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