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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)-Fatal Falls Overboard in Commercial Fishing — United States, 2000–2016
During 2000–2016, 204 commercial fishermen died from unintentional falls overboard. Fifty-nine percent of falls were not witnessed, and 89.3% of these victims were not found. This data is described and prevention strategies shared.
PFDs That Work: Trawlers
Researchers from the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office conducted an evaluation with commercial fishermen from 4 gear groups to rate the comfort and acceptability of six modern personal flotation devices (PFDs). This document shows which PFDs were preferred by trawlers.
Alaska goes full year without fishing fatality for first time
Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard reported to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that for the first time in known history, no one died on the job while commercial fishing in Alaska during the last federal fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30
Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce
Safe at Sea Alliance
Commercial fishing will be safer in Nova Scotia. That’s the goal of the Safe at Sea Alliance - a group of fishermen, family members, industry, safety organizations, community leaders, and government. (Nova Scotia Workplace Safety )
Source: Safe at Sea Alliance
PFDs That Work: Crabbers
Researchers from the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office conducted an evaluation with commercial fishermen from 4 gear groups to rate the comfort and acceptability of six modern personal flotation devices (PFDs). This document shows which PFDs were preferred by crabbers.
NIOSH Research Cited in Recommendations for Improving Commercial Fishing Safety
In 1990, NIOSH began working closely with industry partners to address the high number of fishing fatalities in Alaska. By focusing on fishery-specific hazards such as vessel overloading in the crab fleet, fatality rates have been reduced 42%.
Crew Endurance Management Practices: A Guide for Maritime Operations
Users of this guide will be able to (1) identify specific factors affecting crew endurance in their particular operations, and (2) manage these factors toward optimizing crewmember endurance.
Man Overboard: Prevention and Recovery
NIOSH, in cooperation with AMSEA and Alaska Sea Grant, has created this video designed to help crew prevent and respond to man overboard events. It features interviews with fishermen about experiences with falling overboard, and explains how to successfully recover a person in the water.