Progress in partnerships for surveillance and prevention of occupational aircraft crashes in Alaska.
Manwaring-J; Conway-GE; Moran-K
NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :39
Background/Introduction: Although pilots of small commuter and air taxi operators in Alaska have one of the highest occupational fatality rates in the nation (410/100,000/year), progress is being made in the prevention of occupational aircraft crashes and fatalities. The effort involves a partnership alliance between the NIOSH, Alaska Field Station, and other agencies and organizations focusing on surveillance and prevention in order to attain the goal of a 50% reduction in crashes/fatalities by 2009. A partnership alliance was formed between the Alaska Field Station of NIOSH, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), National Weather Service (NWS), the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA), and the Alaska Airmen's Association. Aircraft accident data on occupational crashes occurring in Alaska during 1990-2002 were obtained from NTSB and FAA accident reports and entered into a database maintained by the NIOSH, Alaska Field Station - the Alaska Occupational Injury Surveillance System (AOISS) for analysis. Although occupational aviation fatalities continue to be a problem - with Alaska commercial pilots having the highest occupational fatality rate during 1990-1999 (410/100,000, compared to 150/100,000 for loggers and 125/100,000 for fishermen), there is an overall downward decline in occupational aircraft crashes/fatalities over the 12-year period of 1991-2002 (comparing the two six-year periods of 1991-1996 and 1997-2002, a 39% reduction in aircraft crash fatalities, and a 29% reduction in fatal crashes). Efforts in a previous similar partnership resulted in a drastic reduction of helicopter logging crash/ fatalities. As demonstrated by the downward trend in occupational crash/fatalities and the drastic reduction in helicopter logging crash fatalities in Alaska, partnerships with agencies and organizations can be highly effective in conducting surveillance and preventing aircraft fatalities.
Aircraft; Aircrews; Pilots; Occupational-hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Surveillance-programs; Injury-prevention
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NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania