Commercial Fishing Safety: Publications

NIOSH Publications

The following is a chronological list of NIOSH-published and NIOSH-authored publications on commercial fishing safety. You will also find relevant documents from external organizations as well. Most documents are available for download in PDF format. You can also search for NIOSH fishing safety publications in the NIOSHTIC-2 database.

Fishing Safety Success Story: I Reached Over and Hit the E-Stop
NIOSH Publication No. 2018-153 (July 2018)
Find out more about preventing entanglement injuries at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fishing/decksafety.html.

Fishing Safety Success Story: My Life Vest Saved Me
NIOSH Publication No. 2018-107d (March 2018)

Regional Commercial Fishing Fatality Summaries (2010-2014)

Alaska Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2017-171 (July 2017)
West Coast Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2017-172 (July 2017)
East Coast Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2017-173 (July 2017)
Gulf of Mexico Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2017-174 (July 2017)

Assessment of Safety in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Crab Fleet
NIOSH Publication No. 2016-112 (April 2016)

Reducing Winch Entanglements with Auxiliary-stop Device
NIOSH Publication No. 2016-105 (December 2015)

Reducing Winch Entanglements with Stationary Guarding
NIOSH Publication No. 2016-104 (December 2015)

Fleet Safety Fact Sheet: Freezer Longliners
NIOSH Publication No. 2015-238 (August 2015)

Fleet Safety Fact Sheet: Amendment 80 Factory Trawlers
NIOSH Publication No. 2015-237 (August 2015)

PFDs That Work: Dungeness Crabbers
NIOSH Publication No. 2015-180 (May 2015)

A Story of Impact: PFD Manufacturer Adopts NIOSH Research into Product Development Process
NIOSH Publication No. 2015-119 (November 2014)

Commercial Fishing Morbidity and Mortality, U.S. Distant Water Tuna Fleet, 2006-2012
NIOSH Publication No. 2014-126 (May 2014)

Paul Revere: A Story of Survival in Bristol Bay
NIOSH Publication No. 2014-115d (March 2014)

Live to be Salty (Poster Set)
NIOSH Publication No. 2014-107 (December 2013)

Comprehensive List of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles on Occupational Safety in the International Fishing Industry, 1954-2012Cdc-pdfpdf icon
NIOSH has compiled a comprehensive bibliography of peer-reviewed journal articles on fishing safety published in the last 60 years.

PFDs That Work: Overview
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-131 (November 2012)

PFDs That Work: Trawlers
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-109 (November 2012)

PFDs That Work: Longliners
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-108 (November 2012)

PFDs That Work: Gillnetters
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-107 (November 2012)

PFDs That Work: Crabbers
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-106 (November 2012)

A Story of Impact: NIOSH Research Cited in Recommendations for Improving Commercial Fishing
NIOSH Publication No. 2012-129 (March 2012)

Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-126d (February 2011)

Fatal Occupational Injuries in the U.S. Commercial Fishing Industry: Risk Factors and Recommendations (2010)

Alaska Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-103 (November 2010)
West Coast Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-104 (November 2010)
East Coast Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-105 (November 2010)
Gulf of Mexico Region
NIOSH Publication No. 2011-106 (November 2010)

Selected Peer-reviewed Scientific Articles

(for a complete list please refer to NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Commercial Fishing)

Linking Datasets to Characterize Injury and Illness in Alaska’s Fishing Industry.
Journal of Agromedicine: January 2021 / 26(1):31-44

Predicting commercial fishing vessel disasters through a novel application of the theory of man-made disasters.
Journal of Safety Research: December 2020 / 75:51-56

Occupational traumatic injuries among offshore seafood processors in Alaska, 2010-2015.
Journal of Safety Research: September 2018 / 66:169-178

Fatal Falls Overboard in Commercial Fishing — United States, 2000–2016.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: April 2018 / 67(16):465-469

Factors associated with crewmember survival of cold water immersion due to commercial fishing vessel sinkings in Alaska.
Safety Science: January 2018 / 101:190-196

Work-related mortality in the US fishing industry during 2000-2014: New findings based on improved workforce exposure estimates.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine: January 2018 / 61(1):21-31

Preventing Fatal Winch Entanglements in the US Southern Shrimp Fleet: A Research to Practice Approach.
Journal of Safety Research: February 2017 / 60:119-123

Primary Prevention of Fishing Vessel Disasters: Evaluation of a United States Coast Guard Policy Intervention.
Marine Policy: December 2014 / 50(part A):67-73

Work-related Traumatic Injuries Onboard Freezer-trawlers and Freezer-longliners Operating in Alaskan Waters During 2001-2012.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine: July 2014 / 57(7):826-836

Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries Involving Fishing Vessel Winches — Southern Shrimp Fleet, United States, 2000–2011.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: March 2013 / 62(09):157-160

Predictors of Personal Flotation Device (PFD) use Among Workers in the Alaska Commercial Fishing Industry.
Safety Science: March 2013 / 53:177-185

Occupational Fatalities in Alaska: Two Decades of Progress, 1990-1999 and 2000-2009.
Journal of Safety Research: February 2013 / 44 (Special Issue): 105-110

Worker Satisfaction with Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) in the Fishing Industry: Evaluations in Actual Use.
Applied Ergonomics: July 2012 / 43(4):747-752

Commercial Fishing Deaths – United States, 2000-2009.
Journal of the American Medical Association: 2010 / 304(13):1437-1439

Commercial Fishing Deaths – United States, 2000-2009.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: 2010 / 59(27):842-845

Occupational Fatalities in the United States Commercial Fishing Industry, 2000-2009.
Journal of Agromedicine: 2010 / 15(4):343-350

A Persistent High Human Cost of Protein: Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture.
Journal of Agromedicine: 2010 / 15(4):335-336

Commercial Fishing Fatalities – California, Oregon, and Washington, 2000-2006.
Journal of the American Medical Association: 2008 / 3000(13):1510-1511

Commercial Fishing Fatalities – California, Oregon, and Washington, 2000-2006.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: 2008 / 57(16):426-429

Reducing Commercial Fishing Deck Hazards with Engineering Solutions for Winch Design.
Journal of Safety Research: 2008 / 39 (2):231-235

Fatal Falls Overboard on Commercial Fishing Vessels in Alaska.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine: December 2007 / 50:962-968

Hooked on Safety: Using Public Health Methods to Prevent Accidents in Alaska.
Northwest Public Health: 2006 / 23(2):6-7, 24

Is it Safe on Deck? Fatal and Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries among Alaskan Commercial Fishermen.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine: December 2001 / 40:693-702

Improving Safety in the Alaskan Commercial Fishing Industry.
International Journal of Circumpolar Health: November 2001 / 60(4):705-713

Alaska’s Model Program for Surveillance and Prevention of Occupational Injury Deaths.
Public Health Reports: 1999 / 114:550-558

Preventing Commercial Fishing Deaths in Alaska.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine: October 1999 / 56(10):691-695

Preventing Death in Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Industry.external icon
International Journal of Circumpolar Health: 1998 / vol:57 Suppl 1 pg:503-9

Drowning in Alaskan Waters.
Public Health Reports: 1996 / 111(6):531-535

Related Literature

Fall Protection Safety Fact Sheet- Commercial Fishing Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1 MB]Externalpdf iconexternal icon
OSHA Fact Sheet discusses the unique fall hazards encountered by working on commercial fishing vessels and safe fall protection practices.

Confined Space Safety on Commercial Fishing Vessels Cdc-pdf[PDF – 189 KB]Externalpdf iconexternal icon
OSHA Fact Sheet DSG 6/2011

Hazards during the Repair and Maintenance of Refrigeration Systems on Vessels Cdc-pdf[PDF – 5.8 MB]Externalpdf iconexternal icon
OSHA Fact Sheet  – OSHA Publication #3836 2011

Improving Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Through Collaboration Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4 MB]Externalpdf iconexternal icon
The Coast Guard Journal of Safety and Security at Sea, Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council: 2009 / 66(1): 38-44

An Evaluation of Quota-based Management Systems in Alaska Cdc-pdf[PDF – 163 KB]Externalpdf iconexternal icon
North Pacific Research Board Project 533 Final Report: November 2007

NIOSH Testimony on Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety by J. Lincoln
Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives. 110th Congress 1st Session (April 25, 2007).

All Hands on Deck: Improving Deck Safety on Commercial Fishing Vessels
The Coast Guard Journal of Safety and Security at Sea, Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council: March 2007 / 64(1):29-31

Deck Safety for Crab FishermenCdc-pdfExternalpdf iconexternal icon
Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc.: 2002-2003

Lockout/TagoutCdc-pdfExternalpdf iconexternal icon
Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc.: No Date

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