The province is reminding lobster fishermen to make the season safe by wearing personal floatation devices when operating on the main deck where traps, nets and other equipment can result in a fall overboard. “While Nova Scotia has a great tradition of making a living from the ocean, it can also be a dangerous environment to work in,” said Marilyn More, Minster of Labour and Workforce Development. “All workplace injuries and fatalities are preventable and proper use of equipment such as personal floatation devices can go a long way in increasing safety while at sea.” Other common injuries include cuts, rope burns, dislocated fingers, eye injuries, back problems from improper lifting, burns and exposure to cold weather. Fishermen are also encouraged to wear appropriate safety equipment in areas where injuries can occur. This includes hard hats, gloves and protective footwear. Last year, there were eight fatalities in the fishing industry, while another 407 workers reported injuries to the Workers’ Compensation Board. For more information on occupational health and safety in the fishing industry, phone 1-800-952-2687.