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Work practices, entanglement of lobstermen, and entanglement prevention devices in the Maine lobster fishery: a preliminary survey.
Bakus AS; Brochu PJ; Lincoln JM; Bensyl DM; Ciampa JR; Smith TJ; Conway GA
Proceedings of the International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference, October 23-25, 2000, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Lincoln JM, Hudson DS, Conway GA, Pescatore R eds. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-102, 2002 Oct; :269-282
Personal entanglement in trap rope is an experience most lobstermen have had. Setting gear and shifting gear are the lobstering activities that are most likely to result in entanglement. Only a few lobstermen, however, have a planned strategy for reducing the risk of entanglement. The four components any strategy needs are to be able to 1.) control the environment, including the ropes, 2.) stop the pulling force, including cutting the engine, 3.) rescue oneself by untangling or cutting the rope, and 4.) re-enter the vessel if pulled overboard Careful, intentional work practices, combined with a variety of engineering controls including nonskid mats, high washrails, and rope lockers or bins may reduce the risk of being caught in rope. A remote engine shut-off, strategically placed knives, personal flotation devices, and a means of re-boarding the boat are all approaches that may improve the chances for surviving an entanglement. Additionally, having two people on the boat, each with a thorough knowledge of the operations of the boat, could also improve the ability to survive an entanglement.
Fishing-industry; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Equipment-design; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-programs
Lincoln JM; Hudson DS; Conway GA; Pescatore R
Proceedings of the International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference, October 23-25, 2000, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
MA; WV; AK; ME
Harvard School of Public Health, Occupational Health Program
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