- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - A regional safety organization plans to recruit lobstermen in Maine to help design a personal flotation device.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2gBRULU ) researchers with the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety plan to begin visiting Maine docks over the winter.

Lobstermen will be paid to test different types of life vests for a month to determine which designs work best for daily use.

The group says 16 percent of lobstermen reported using a personal flotation device. Falls overboard are the leading cause of workplace deaths for New England lobstermen.

Some lobstermen say life vests are uncomfortable, interfere with their work or even increase their chances of becoming entangled in net lines.

Others say they worry other fisherman will think less of them if they wear life vests.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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