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Practical deck safety for crab fishers.

Blumhagen-E; Husberg-BJ
Proceedings of the Second International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference, September 22-24, 2003, Sitka, Alaska. Mode NA, Wopat P Conway GA, eds., Washington, DC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2006 Apr; :57-64
Crab fishers face some of the highest occupational injury and death rates in the nation. In Alaska, the fatality rate for the shellfish fishery was higher than all other fisheries in the industry with 356 fatalities per 100,000 fishers per year between 1991 and 1996, or about 50 times the national average (Lincoln and Conway 1997). While most fatalities were caused by vessels sinking or person-overboard events, most of the nonfatal injuries were caused by deck machinery or falls on board the vessel. The goal of this study was to find practical, inexpensive solutions to deck safety problems and disseminate that information to fishers. We approached the problem of deck safety from the fishers' perspective, using extensive input from fishers during the course of the project This project was not intended to be a basis for any type of new regulation for deck safety installations. It was only intended to provide fishers with the information required to make improvements on their boats if the modification were appropriate for their particular arrangements and circumstances. TIle nonregulatory approach was critical to the success of the project. Without this approach, we would have had great difficulty in getting ideas from fishers. We would also have had far more limited fisher participation in the survey.
Fishing-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Morbidity-rates; Monitoring-systems
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Mode-NA; Wopat-P; Conway-GA
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Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
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Proceedings of the Second International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference, September 22-24, 2003, Sitka, Alaska
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