Non-fatal injuries in the Alaska commercial fishing industry.
NIOSH 1994 Jan; :45-47
Nonfatal injuries in the Alaska commercial fishery industry were studied. The main problem with investigations into this area was the lack of information. Complete, accurate, and accessible data on nonfatal injuries were hard to find, and difficult to obtain. Most commercial fishers in Alaska were considered self employed, and this excluded them from national injury statistics and workers' compensation data bases. The Alaska Trauma Registry and the Alaska Fishermen's Fund provided the most complete data. Results of data analysis showed that the leading injuries were spinal sprains and strains. In two longline fisheries, upper extremity lacerations were most frequent. Incidence rates ranged from 1 of 100 in purse seining for herring and setnetting for salmon to 7 of 100 in power trolling for salmon. Since these rates were based on actual cases recorded in the data base, any underreporting would change the rates significantly. The author concludes that the collection of reliable and accurate data is a priority for any study of nonfatal injuries to commercial fishers, and that according to the available statistics, sprains and strains are ergonomic problems.
Fishing-industry; Accident-rates; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-statistics; Epidemiology; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Marine-workers; Morbidity-rates; Occupational-hazards; Risk-analysis
Proceedings of the National Fishing Industry Safety and Health Workshop, Anchorage, Alaska, October 9-11, 1992