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Commercial Fishing Morbidity and Mortality, U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet, 2006-2012

May 2014
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2014-126
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The U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet (DWTF) has grown significantly from 14 vessels in 2006 to a total of 39 vessels in 2012. This report looks at fatal and non-fatal traumatic injuries among workers in the DWTF and provides recommendations for preventing future injuries and fatalities. The report provides a baseline assessment of the current injury and fatality rates for this fleet, and outlines specific recommendations for employers and workers to improve safety. This report helps to identify critical areas of concern for this fleet and makes recommendations that will help vessel owners make the necessary improvements to ensure the safety of the workers.