Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Is it safe on deck? Fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries among Alaskan commercial fishermen.

Authors
Thomas-TK; Lincoln-JM; Husberg-BJ; Conway-CA
Source
Am J Ind Med 2001 Dec; 40(6):693-702
NIOSHTIC No.
20021892
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Commercial fishing in Alaska accounts for an occupational fatality rate that is 28 times the rate for all U.S. workers. Most deaths are attributed to vessel sinking or capsizing. However, many deaths and most non-fatal injuries are not related to vessel loss. This paper describes injuries that occur on the dock or on the fishing vessel. METHODS: Data from fishing fatalities and non-fatal injuries between 1991-1998 were analyzed using the Alaska Occupational Injury Surveillance System and the Alaska Trauma Registry. RESULTS: There were 60 workplace deaths unrelated to vessel loss; most from falls overboard, others from trauma caused by equipment on deck. There were 574 hospitalized injuries, often from falls on deck, entanglement in machinery, or being struck by an object. SUMMARY: Fishing boats are hazardous working environments. Further efforts are required to prevent falls overboard and on deck, and to redesign or install safety features on fishing machinery and equipment.
Keywords
Fishing-industry; Workplace-monitoring; Injuries; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Accident-analysis; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Morbidity-rates; Seaman
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20011201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-1141
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
AL
TOP