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A story of impact: NIOSH research cited in recommendations for improving commercial fishing safety.

Cincinnati, OH: 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. 2012-129, 2012 Mar; :1-2
Commercial fishing is, by any measure, a dangerous occupation. Brutal environmental conditions lead to hazards in every part of the work environment: slip/trip hazards, contact injuries from fishing gear entanglement, vessel losses and falls overboard. In 1990, NIOSH began working closely with industry partners to address the high number of fishing fatalities in Alaska. By focusing on fishery-specific hazards such as vessel overloading in the crab fleet, fatality rates have been reduced 42%. Beginning in 2007, NIOSH expanded this approach to identify specific regional hazards for the rest of the country by collecting risk factor information for fatalities and creating the Commercial Fishing Incident Database. In 2008, NIOSH researchers conducted a personal flotation device (PFD) study with over 400 fishermen to identify PFDs that are comfortable to work in for several gear types. These rate reductions and high profile research programs with industry partners set the stage for NIOSH's opportunity to affect fishing safety policy on a national level.
Fishing-industry; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-factors; Mortality-rates; Traumatic-injuries; Accidents; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-129; B03282012
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division