A safety information profile is presented for the ship building and repair industry (SIC-3731). Major ship building activities such as steel frame and hull construction, propulsion, and support equipment outfitting, are described. Safety and health hazards and controls are discussed. Injury and illness statistics are given, and compensation claims are discussed. Related studies are cited. Growth trends and new technology in the industry and existing standards are reviewed. A list of names and addresses of industry associations, unions, and other interested parties is provided. It is concluded that industry accident rates and compensation claims are high. Explanations include poor safety programs, insufficient standards and enforcement, the hazardous nature of the work itself, and exploitation of compensation laws. Comprehensive study of accident causes and prevention techniques is recommended.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia