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Analysis of injuries/illnesses in the seafood processing industry in Alaska.
Carmon BW; Weiss L; Pflaum J
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska 1992 Jul; :1-42
Data were gathered concerning injuries and illnesses experienced by workers employed in the seafood industry in Alaska over the period from 1985 through 1987. Over this 3 year period there were 2707 workers' compensation claims filed with nine of ten claims being for a work related injury. More injury claims were filed by men than women, and more illness claims by women. While 67% of the industry's workforce was made up of men, they were responsible for 80% of the injury or illness claims filed. A large majority, 74.5%, of the claims filed were filed within the first 3 months of employment. The most frequently occurring category of illness claims was for cumulative trauma disorder. The largest number of injury claims were for sprains and strains of the back and trunk. Other reported injuries included contusions and bruises (16.5%), cuts and lacerations (11.9%), and fractures (7.9%). Workers employed as packing and filling machine operators and those listed as miscellaneous food handlers were responsible for 75% of all claims filed.
NIOSH-Grant; Traumatic-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Food-processing-industry; Food-handlers; Sex-factors; Back-injuries; Accident-statistics; Cumulative-trauma-disorders
School of Nursing Univ of Alaska Anchorage 3211 Providence DR Anchorage, AK 99508
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College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
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