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Analysis of injuries/illnesses in the seafood processing industry in Alaska.

Authors
Carmon-BW; Weiss-L; Pflaum-J
Source
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska 1992 Jul; :1-42
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00211766
Abstract
Data were gathered concerning injuries and illnesses experienced by workers employed in the seafood industry in Alaska over the period from 1985 through 1987. Over this 3 year period there were 2707 workers' compensation claims filed with nine of ten claims being for a work related injury. More injury claims were filed by men than women, and more illness claims by women. While 67% of the industry's workforce was made up of men, they were responsible for 80% of the injury or illness claims filed. A large majority, 74.5%, of the claims filed were filed within the first 3 months of employment. The most frequently occurring category of illness claims was for cumulative trauma disorder. The largest number of injury claims were for sprains and strains of the back and trunk. Other reported injuries included contusions and bruises (16.5%), cuts and lacerations (11.9%), and fractures (7.9%). Workers employed as packing and filling machine operators and those listed as miscellaneous food handlers were responsible for 75% of all claims filed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Traumatic-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Food-processing-industry; Food-handlers; Sex-factors; Back-injuries; Accident-statistics; Cumulative-trauma-disorders
Contact
School of Nursing Univ of Alaska Anchorage 3211 Providence DR Anchorage, AK 99508
Publication Date
19920729
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
19159
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-159150
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-02656
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
State
AK
Performing Organization
University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
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