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College students may be risking their lives on fishing vessels: working in the Alaska fishing industry is one of the nation's most hazardous jobs.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1994 Apr; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
00221798
Abstract
With an occupational fatality rate of 195 worker deaths per 100,000 workers in 3 years, the commercial fishing industry was one of the most hazardous occupations in the nation. Tragically, college newspaper ads offering summer employment in the Alaskan fishing industry may be luring inexperienced men and women without knowing the inherent dangers they face. According to research, the greatest risk of death was associated with working aboard unstable vessels and insufficient training in shipboard safety, especially regarding cold water survival techniques and use of lifesaving equipment. Factors that can increase a fisherman's chances of survival included: wearing a personal flotation device at all times while on deck, using safety lines and guard rails in addition to keeping decks clear and using nonskid material, training in the use of safety equipment including survival suits and emergency position indicating radio beacon, knowledge of where safety equipment is located and ensuring that it is in proper working condition, and ensuring vessel stability and proper maintenance.
Keywords
Fishing-industry; Longshoremen; Safety-education; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-accidents; Industrial-hazards; Safety-equipment
Publication Date
19940401
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 94-111
SIC Code
NAICS-1141
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AK
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