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On-deck dangers in the Alaskan commercial fishing industry.
Husberg BJ; Lincoln JM; Conway GA
Proc Mar Saf Counc 2001 Apr-Jun; 58(2):23-24
It would be useful to continue to look at the causes of these deck injuries and develop strategies to prevent them and to learn about safety practices that some crews already have in place that make the operation safer. This information could be utilized and promoted to other fishermen, captains, and vessel owners to increase awareness of the problem. These ideas can then be personalized and individually implemented with the intent to increase safety awareness and prevent these types of injuries. There is an urgent need for improving the safety of fishermen in this highly mechanized workplace. Examination of the deck environment surrounding the deployment and retrieval systems (including the use of cranes, .power blocks,. pulleys, winches, lines, nets, crab pots, and crab pot launchers) of fishing equipment from a mechanical and safety engineering perspective is needed. Additional areas to focus on include machine guarding, separating workers and lines, and fall prevention. Through successful application and promotion of new technological innovations and interventions, the number of fatal and non-fatal injuries in this industry should decrease.
Injuries; Traumatic injuries; Injury prevention; Accident rates; Accident prevention; Accidents; Marine workers; Fishing industry; Engineering controls; Control technology
Issue of Publication
Proceedings of the Marine Safety Council
Page last reviewed: July 9, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division