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Document ID (ISN)111711
CIS number 11-0423
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lincoln J.M., Lucas D.L.
Title Occupational fatalities in the United States commercial fishing industry, 2000-2009
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 2010, Vol.15, No.4, p.343-350. 19 ref.
Abstract The occupational fatality rate among commercial fishermen decreased in the United States during 1992-2008; however, commercial fishing continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, with an average annual fatality rate of 129 deaths per 100,000 fishermen in 2008. By contrast, the average annual occupational fatality rate among all United States workers during the same period was four deaths per 100,000 workers. During the 1990s, numerous safety interventions were developed for Alaska fisheries that resulted in a significant decline in the state's commercial fishing fatality rate. In 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) expanded surveillance of commercial fishing fatalities to the rest of the United States. The purpose of this report is to identify the hazards and risk factors for all causes of occupational mortality in United States' commercial fishing, and to explore how those hazards and risk factors differ among fisheries and locations. To reduce fatalities among fishermen at greatest risk, additional prevention measures tailored to specific high-risk fisheries should be considered.
Descriptors (primary) USA; fishing; causes of accidents; fatalities; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; public OSH institutions; entanglement; drowning; striking against objects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Fishing