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Ergonomic exposure case studies in Massachusetts fishing vessels.

Authors
Fulmer-S; Buchholz-B
Source
Am J Ind Med 2002 Aug; 42(S2):10-18
NIOSHTIC No.
20040163
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders may not have been studied as much as greater risks in the dangerous environment of commercial fishing. Primary prevention of risk for these kinds of injuries and illnesses begins by a detailed understanding of what risks are likely to be common in the different fisheries, and how those risks might be reduced. METHODS: Ergonomic job analyses were conducted on three different types of fishing vessels in Massachusetts: gillnetting, otter trawling, and lobstering. Direct observation was used to link posture to task. Noise measurements, tool analysis, and cycle time measurements were also included. RESULTS: Production speed, materials handling, and vessel movement contributed to musculoskeletal stress by affecting observable postural deviation, repetition, and forceful exertions. CONCLUSIONS: Interventions to reduce ergonomic risk factors might be possible through utilization of below deck space in certain boats, through better technology, or through simple tool adjustments.
Keywords
Fishing-industry; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Work-environment; Job-analysis; Posture; Task-performance; Noise; Tools; Environmental-hazards; Exposure-assessment; Force; Repetitive-work; Seaman; Physical-stress; Risk-factors; Human-factors-engineering; Control-technology; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Author Keywords: fishing vessel; ergonomics; musculoskeletal; cumulative trauma
Contact
Scott Fulmer MS, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, 01854
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20020801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
scott_fulmer@uml.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-208030
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA; NY
Performing Organization
The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York
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