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Document ID (ISN)110749
CIS number 10-0364
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kucera K.L., McDonald M. A.
Title Occupational stressors identified by small-scale, independent commercial crab pot fishermen
Bibliographic information June 2010, Vol.48, No.5, p.672-679. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract This study aimed at identifying jobs and/or tasks of concern for fishermen in order to guide and inform current ergonomic interventions. Surveys were administrated to two groups of commercial crab fishermen in the south-eastern United States: a cohort contacted by telephone and fishermen recruited at 11 local fish houses. Fishermen were asked to rate physical stress of selected work tasks and conditions. They were also asked open-ended questions about other work-issues of concern. Fishermen who completed the survey were predominantly male, white and over 40 years of age. The five most physically strenuous tasks and conditions as rated by fishermen were pulling pots by hand, rough weather or rough water, unloading without mechanical assistance and long work days. These and other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) conditions of work; physical workload; fishing; stress factors
Descriptors (secondary) USA; ergonomics; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Fishing
Ergonomics