TitleInjury and illness among onshore workers in Alaska's seafood processing industry: Analysis of workers’ compensation claims, 2014-2015
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsSyron, LN, Lucas, DL, Bovbjerg, VE, Kincl, L
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Date Published01/2019


Alaska's onshore seafood processing industry is economically vital and hazardous.


Accepted Alaska workers’ compensation claims data from 2014 to 2015 were manually reviewed and coded with the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System and associated work activity. Workforce data were utilized to calculate rates.


2,889 claims of nonfatal injuries/illnesses were accepted for compensation. The average annual claim rate was 63 per 1000 workers. This was significantly higher than Alaska's all‐industry rate of 44 claims per 1000 workers (RR = 1.42, 95%CI = 1.37‐1.48). The most frequently occurring injuries/illnesses, were by nature, sprains/strains/tears (993, 36%); by body part, upper limbs (1212, 43%); and by event, contact with objects/equipment (1020, 37%) and overexertion/bodily reaction (933, 34%). Incidents associated with seafood processing/canning/freezing (n = 818) frequently involved: repetitive motion; overexertion while handling pans, fish, and buckets; and contact with fish, pans, and machinery.


Ergonomic and safety solutions should be implemented to prevent musculoskeletal injuries/illnesses.

Short TitleAm J Ind Med