Causes of shoulder injuries among commercial fishermen

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Commercial Fishermen |

Commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous occupations in the world, and it comes with a high risk of injury. Shoulder injuries are particularly common among commercial fishermen, affecting their ability to work, their quality of life and sometimes even leading to permanent disability. 

Here are some common causes of shoulder injuries among commercial fishermen.

Repetitive motion

Repetitive motion is one of the leading causes of shoulder injuries among commercial fishermen. The nature of commercial fishing involves repetitive and forceful movements, such as pulling heavy nets, lifting and carrying heavy loads and repetitive arm motions when operating fishing equipment. The constant stress on the shoulder joint from these repetitive motions can cause injuries such as rotator cuff tears, tendinitis and bursitis.


Another cause of shoulder injuries among commercial fishermen is trauma. Trauma can result from accidents such as falling overboard, being hit by equipment or collisions with other vessels. These accidents can cause fractures, dislocations and soft tissue injuries, including tears in the ligaments or tendons surrounding the shoulder joint.

Improper lifting techniques

Improper lifting techniques are also a significant cause of shoulder injuries among commercial fishermen. Fishing gear and equipment can be very heavy, and if fishermen do not lift them correctly, they can put excessive strain on their shoulders. Incorrect lifting techniques can also cause strain on the neck, back, and other parts of the body.

Shoulder injuries are a common problem among commercial fishermen, and they can significantly impact their ability to work and quality of life. Understanding the causes of shoulder injuries can help fishermen take preventive measures and reduce the risk of injury. If the injury is caused due to working conditions, it may also be possible to recover benefits. Knowing your legal rights and options is beneficial in these situations.