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Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies



There are approximately 400,000 workers employed in US 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 marine environment can be encountered both on the water and at 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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Commercial Fishing Regional Fatality Summaries

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NIOSH recently completed an analysis of commercial fishing fatalities in the United States for the years 2010-2014 in order to identify current hazards among fisheries in different regions of the country: Alaska, West Coast, East Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico.

International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference

The Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies has partnered with Memorial University to sponsor the fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health (IFISH) Conference. Key themes for IFISH5 will include topics on safety and health in commercial fishing as well as occupational health and safety issues related to aquaculture and seafood processing.

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