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Is it safe on deck? Fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries among Alaskan commercial fishermen.
Thomas TK; Lincoln JM; Husberg BJ; Conway CA
Am J Ind Med 2001 Dec; 40(6):693-702
BACKGROUND: Commercial fishing in Alaska accounts for an occupational fatality rate that is 28 times the rate for all U.S. workers. Most deaths are attributed to vessel sinking or capsizing. However, many deaths and most non-fatal injuries are not related to vessel loss. This paper describes injuries that occur on the dock or on the fishing vessel. METHODS: Data from fishing fatalities and non-fatal injuries between 1991-1998 were analyzed using the Alaska Occupational Injury Surveillance System and the Alaska Trauma Registry. RESULTS: There were 60 workplace deaths unrelated to vessel loss; most from falls overboard, others from trauma caused by equipment on deck. There were 574 hospitalized injuries, often from falls on deck, entanglement in machinery, or being struck by an object. SUMMARY: Fishing boats are hazardous working environments. Further efforts are required to prevent falls overboard and on deck, and to redesign or install safety features on fishing machinery and equipment.
Fishing-industry; Workplace-monitoring; Injuries; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Accident-analysis; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Morbidity-rates; Seaman; Author Keywords: fishing; commercial; fatalities; injuries; Alaska
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division