NUTFA call on the fishing community to take part on a call for evidence on fishing injuries
The New Under Tens Fishermen’s Association (NUTFA) are calling on the fishing community to work together on getting fishermen included on the list professions that will qualify for the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
The fishing industry remains probably the most dangerous occupation in the UK and right across the globe but the fact that the majority of fishermen/women are classified as self-employed, denies them the right to claim the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if they get injured conducting their occupation.
Sarah Ready from NUTFA says:
“NUTFA are calling on all fishermen and fishing families to provide information on any injuries sustained through time at sea, whether a cumulative injury from years at sea, or a one-off accident fishing or quayside through maintenance.
“The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme extends to many industrial occupations, but not fishermen or those carrying out maintenance to fishing vessels when not fishing, due to the unique self-employed “share fisherman” tax status given to those that work within the industry.
“If you have any information, please email confidentially to Sarah on email@example.com in order that we can collate the number of fishermen that might be affected and excluded from the scheme.
“Fishing is the most hazardous occupation in peace time, and there needs to be policy change in respect of this Benefit, to be seen as a right for fishermen alongside boatyard workers and other occupations, who are included when carrying out maintenance work on fishing vessels.
“Please give up a few minutes of your time to send details if you or anyone from your family have been touched by injury through fishing, whether currently or in the past.”