Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies



There are approximately 400,000 workers employed in U.S. maritime industries, and these workers face a higher risk of fatality, injury, and illness than other American workers. In fact, commercial fishing is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Likewise, the water transportation industry has a fatality rate 4.7 times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers. Hazards presented by the maritime environment can be encountered both on the water and at waterfront facilities, such as shipyards and marine terminals – and some hazards are unique to a specific maritime industry. The goals of the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies (CMSHS) are to promote research and develop recommendations that improve safety and health for all maritime workers.

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Occupational traumatic injuries among offshore seafood processors in Alaska, 2010-2015External
NIOSH recently completed an analysis of injury and illness in seafood processors in the United States for the years 2010-2015 in order to identify current hazards and identify opportunities for improvement and future research.

Fatal Falls Overboard in Commercial Fishing — United States, 2000–2016
During 2000–2016, 204 commercial fishermen died from unintentional falls overboard. A recent NIOSH analysis examined causes and contributing factors of these events, and identified primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies to decrease the likelihood of similar fatalities.

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