Work-related traumatic injuries onboard freezer-trawlers and freezer-longliners operating in Alaskan waters during 2001-2012.
Lucas DL; Kincl LD; Bovbjerg VE; Lincoln JM; Branscum AJ
Am J Ind Med 2014 Jul; 57(7):826-836
Background: Workers onboard freezer-trawl (FT) and freezer-longline (FL) vessels in Alaska may be at high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries. Methods: Traumatic occupational injuries onboard vessels in the FT and FL fleets were identified through two government data sources. Results: The annual risk of fatal injuries was 125 per 100,000 FTEs in the FT fleet, and 63 per 100,000 FTEs in the FL fleet. The annual risk of non-fatal injuries was 43 per 1,000 FTEs in the FT fleet and 35 per 1,000 FTEs in the FL fleet. The majority of injuries in the FT fleet occurred in the factories and freezer holds, whereas the most common injuries in the FL fleet occurred on deck while working the fishing gear. Conclusions: The findings confirmed that workers in those fleets were at high risk for work-related injuries. Injury prevention should focus on removing hazards in the work processes injuring the most workers.
Fishing-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Seaman; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Injuries; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-hazards; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-practices; Information-retrieval-systems; Statistical-analysis; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Injury-prevention; Manual-materials-handling; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Transport-mechanisms; Industrial-processes; Environmental-factors;
Author Keywords: occupational safety; injuries; fishing industry; Alaska; work process
Devin L. Lucas, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Alaska Pacific Office, 4230 University Drive Suite 310, Anchorage, AK 99508
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
American Journal of Industrial Medicine