TitleWork-related traumatic injuries onboard freezer-trawlers and freezer-longliners operating in Alaskan waters during 2001-2012
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLucas, DL, Kincl, L, Bovbjerg, VE, Lincoln, JM, Branscum, AJ
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Pagination826 - 836
Date Published07/2014

Background Workers onboard freezer-trawl (FT) and freezer-longline (FL) vessels in Alaska may be at high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries. Methods Traumatic occupational injuries onboard vessels in the FT and FL fleets were identified through two government data sources. Results The annual risk of fatal injuries was 125 per 100,000 FTEs in the FT fleet, and 63 per 100,000 FTEs in the FL fleet. The annual risk of non-fatal injuries was 43 per 1,000 FTEs in the FT fleet and 35 per 1,000 FTEs in the FL fleet. The majority of injuries in the FT fleet occurred in the factories and freezer holds, whereas the most common injuries in the FL fleet occurred on deck while working the fishing gear. Conclusions The findings confirmed that workers in those fleets were at high risk for work-related injuries. Injury prevention should focus on removing hazards in the work processes injuring the most workers