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Document ID (ISN)108036
CIS number 08-699
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lucas D.L., Lincoln J.M.
Title Fatal falls overboard on commercial fishing vessels in Alaska
Bibliographic information 2007, Vol.50, p.962-968. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Falls overboard are a major contributor to commercial fishing fatalities in Alaska. This article describes the problem of falls overboard and discusses possible ways to reduce the risk factors. Data from the Alaska Occupational Injury Surveillance System on fatal falls overboard in the commercial fishing sector in Alaska between 1990 and 2005 were used; 71 such accidents were identified. An in-depth descriptive analysis of these fatalities was then performed to identify areas for intervention. Falls overboard did not decline significantly during those years. The most common circumstances associated with falling overboard were working with fishing gear, being alone on deck, losing balance or slipping, heavy weather, gear entanglement and alcohol.
Descriptors (primary) falls of persons; occupational accidents; Alaska; fishing; risk factors; drowning; trawlers
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; USA; entanglement; frequency rates; slippery floors; work during bad weather; fatalities; alcoholism
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Alcohol and drug abuse