Keeping salmon farm workers safe

Health and safety is the prime consideration of every employer, not least Scottish salmon farmers.

Staff at The Scottish Salmon Company have taken part in an event highlighting the importance of safe working practices, organised in Tarbert by the Scottish Aquaculture Industry Forum (SAIF).

Tony Dunn, SAIF Chairman and Health and Safety Manager at The Scottish Salmon Company said: “The event was a useful opportunity to increase understanding about the potential risks faced and how to manage them. Working in confined spaces hasbeen found to be responsible for a number of work-related incidents in the aquaculture and maritime industries. Being able to identify hazards and precautions, alongside having the knowledge and training to react if an emergency does occur, can be vital.”

Craig Anderson, Managing Director at The Scottish Salmon Company, said:

“We take health and safety extremely seriously and events like these are really important to ensure staff receive the latest training and guidance.

“Although incidents are rare, it is important that as a company we promote safe working practices and ensure staff are confident in their jobs, can mitigate risks and act appropriately if an incident does occur.”

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said: “Operating in some of the remotest parts of Scotland often involves large, complex machinery and unpredictable weather conditions, like storms and rough seas. However, employee safety remains a top priority for our producers.

“As an industry, we believe providing a solid foundation of health and safety education can arm workers with the essential knowledge and skills to minimise the risk to themselves, their colleagues, and the public, whist maintaining a productive business – whatever the weather throws at it.”