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Document ID (ISN)19418
CIS number 73-349
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1972
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dalgaard J.B.
Title Fatal poisoning and other health hazards connected with industrial fishing
Bibliographic information July 1972, Vol.29, No.3, p.307-316. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract The literature on disease and severe or even acute poisoning due to work in confined spaces with trash fish used for fish-meal production is reviewed and 3 cases of fatal hypoxia in fishing boats and several cases of non-fatal illness in trash-fish handling are described. A survey carried out on air composition in the holds and forecasting of Danish fishing boats is described; in several instances, the low oxygen and/or high carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide concentrations encountered were considered hazardous to life. The poisoning hazards seems greatest during the landing of trash-fish or trash-fish processing in meal plants. Persons under the influence of alcohol may be particularly susceptible. Raw material quality should be improved, safety belts and lifelines should be provided for work in confined spaces, mechanical ventilation should be employed and air testing carried out; fishermen should have an adequate medical service.
Descriptors (primary) work in confined spaces; fishing; biological hazards; ship holds
Descriptors (secondary) lifelines; publications; case study; carbon dioxide; hydrogen sulfide; fish; flour; hypoxia; dangerous work; mechanical ventilation; breathing atmosphere; oxygen deficiency; health services; fatalities; safety belts; acute poisoning
Document type -
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Confined spaces