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Document ID (ISN)109034
CIS number 09-206
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kucera K.L., Mirka G.A., Loomis D., Marshall S.W., Lipscomb H.J., Daniels J.
Title Evaluating ergonomic stresses in North Carolina commercial crab pot and gill net fishermen
Bibliographic information Mar. 2008, Vol.5, No.3, p.182-196. Illus. 46 ref.
Abstract There are challenges in evaluating physical demands of commercial fishing, including identifying sources of exposure variability. Low back biomechanical stresses associated with crab pot and gill net fishing were estimated; the variability was partitioned between and within fishing type, crew size and job title to improve understanding of risk factors for low back injury. In this study, 162 person-hours of work among 25 North Carolina commercial fishermen on 16 crews were observed. Postures and forces during fishing tasks were measured through direct and indirect observation to determine the percentage of time fishermen were exposed to high levels of low back stress. A multilevel linear model estimated exposure variability by fishing type, crew size and job title. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) North Carolina; trawlers; fishing; risk factors; backache
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; USA; posture recording; statistical evaluation; work posture; lumbar column; job study; physical workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Fishing
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system