Occupational fatalities in the fishing, logging and air transport industries in Alaska, 1991.
Helmkamp-JC; Kennedy-RD; Fosbroke-DE; Myers-ML
Scand J Work, Environ & Health 1992 Jun; 18(Suppl 2):55-57
Fatalities resulting from occupational injury were studied for workers in Alaska during the year 1991. During this year, 89 occupational fatalities occurred which exceeded by over 57% the average of 53 deaths that would have been expected based on data collected from 1980 through 1988. While 40% of the expected deaths would have occurred in the fishing, air transport and logging industries, actual data showed that 62% of these fatalities occurred in these industries. Of the 28 fatalities in other industries, 15 were caused by aircraft crashes. In the fishing industry, 11 were confirmed drowned, 27 were presumed drowned, one was killed in an aircraft crash, and two were crushed by equipment during fishing operations. The authors suggest that combined analysis by industries, occupations, and circumstances of fatal events are crucial to a complete understanding of the magnitude of the occupational injury problem and the subsequent development of appropriate preventive strategies at both the national and regional levels. The efficacy of the Alaska Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology (FACE) program in enumerating work related fatalities is based on the continued assistance and collaboration of federal and state agencies responsible for the legal reporting of deaths within their jurisdiction.
NIOSH-Author; Accident-statistics; Mortality-data; Mortality-surveys; Transportation-industry; Fishing-industry; Logging-workers; Air-transportation; Lumber-industry
Dr JC Helmkamp, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, 944 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health