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Work related injuries in small scale commercial fishing.

Authors
Marshall-SW; Kucera-K; Loomis-D; McDonald-MA; Lipscomb-HJ
Source
Inj Prev 2004 Aug; 10(4):217-221
NIOSHTIC No.
20029457
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology of work related injury in a group of small scale, independent commercial fishers. DESIGN: Cross sectional survey (baseline instrument of a prospective cohort study).Setting and SUBJECTS: Commercial fishers in eastern North Carolina. RESULTS: A cohort of 219 commercial fishers was established and 215 subjects completed an injury questionnaire. The main types of fishing conducted by the cohort were finfishing (159/215) and crabbing (154/215). Of the 215 fishers, 83 reported that they had suffered an injury event in the previous 12 months, a retrospective recall incidence proportion of 38.6 per 100 workers (95% confidence interval 32.1 to 45.1). The 83 injury events resulted in 94 injuries; 47% were penetrating wounds and 24% were strains/sprains. Half of injuries were to the hand/wrist/digits and 13% were to the back. Of the penetrating wounds, 87% were to the hand/wrist/digits, 32% became infected, and 80% were caused by contact with finfish, shellfish, or other marine animal. Of the strains/sprains, 48% were to the back and 26% were to the shoulder. Seventy percent of strains/sprains were caused by moving heavy objects, mainly either while hauling in nets, pots, or lines or loading/unloading the boat. CONCLUSION: In this group of small scale, independent fishers, the most common reported injuries were penetrating wounds to the hand/wrist/digits from marine animals and strains/sprains to the back while moving heavy objects.
Keywords
Workers; Injuries; Health-hazards; Risk-factors; Job-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Risk-analysis; Back-injuries; Fishing-industry; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Contact
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Department of Orthopedics, School of Dr Stephen W Marshall,CB#7435, Dept. of Epidemiology, McGarvan-Greenberg Hall, School of Public Health, Univ. of NC at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
Publication Date
20040801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
Smarshall@unc.edu
Funding Amount
755348
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003809
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1353-8047
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
SIC Code
NAICS-1141
Source Name
Injury Prevention
State
NC
Performing Organization
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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