Commercial fishing safety: magnitude of problem, risk factors, and potential solutions.
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; :351-358
Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United Stares. In 2002, commercial fishermen had the second highest traumatic injury fatality rate of all workers 71.1/100,000 workers, which is 16 times the national rate of 4.4/100,000 workers across all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2003). Only timber cutters had a higher fatality rate of 117.8/100,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2003). Many fishermen work in isolated locations and harsh environments with high winds, cold water, icing conditions, and long work days. They suffer fatigue, physical stress, and financial pressures to push their vessels and crew to make their living (Lincoln I and Conway 1997; Conway, Lincoln et at 2002). Since 1991, many activities have been implemented to monitor and improve the safety of this industry. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the magnitude of the safety problem and to discuss some particular interventions that could be exported to other parts of the country and to other fishing countries to improve safety. This paper will discuss the problems of vessel sinkings, deck injuries, and falls overboard, and potential interventions for each of these problems.
Fishing-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Morbidity-rates; Monitoring-systems; Risk-factors
Mode-NA; Wopat-P; Conway-GA
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health