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MAIB Safety Studies

These studies are a means by which the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents may publish reports highlighting specific safety issues, safety trends, or any other issue which he feels should be brought to the attention of the marine community and the public.

This Safety study was prompted by the results of a research project published in 2007. The research project showed that the fatal accident rate for UK Fishermen for the decade 1996-2005 was 115 times higher than that of the general workforce in Great Britain. When compared to specific areas of other work, it was 81 times higher than in manufacturing and 24 times higher than the construction industry, which is often considered the most hazardous occupation in the UK. Alarmingly, while the fatal accident rate for almost all other UK occupations had fallen sharply over the last 30 years, there had been no discernible reduction in the fishing industry. Published: 28 November 2008.
This study was commissioned to establish the principal factors that cause nautical accidents, and to consider whether fatigue is as prevalent and dangerous as indicated by the Jambo and similar accidents.
Published: 30 July 2004.
A number of marine accidents involving timber deck cargoes had been reported to MAIB since the branch was set up in 1989. These accidents had not given cause for particular concern until 2002, when several occurred in quick succession. A trend appeared to be developing and this study into the subject was initiated.
Published: August 2003
This study results from an in depth analysis of the data held on the MAIB's database of fishing vessel accidents which occurred between 1992 and 2000. It identifies trends and the most common fundamental causes behind fishing vessel accidents.
Published: July 2002.
Following a number of accidents involving lifeboat launching systems which resulted in deaths and injuries, this safety study was initiated to examine lifeboats and their launching systems.
Published: February 2001.