Commercial Fishing Safety


Occupational Safety and Health Research Laboratory

Commercial fishing is the most hazardous occupation in the United States. Current research includes:

Nonfatal Injuries

Nonfatal injuries among commercial fishing workers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California

Funded by: Pacific Northwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center (PNASH)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) created the Commercial Fishing Incident Database (CFID) to collect fatality data to identify high-risk fisheries. Although CFID captures data on fatal injuries, there is a dearth of information on nonfatal injuries, an important but often unaddressed issue. This study fills the gap by providing nonfatal injury data on commercial fishermen in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California during recent years.

The research team successfully reviewed USCG investigative reports on injuries in the Alaska and West Coast commercial fishing industry and developed a database that could be analyzed. Reporting of nonfatal injuries to the US Coast Guard is not consistent and likely nonfatal injuries are underreported, however this does provide information on where injury prevention efforts could be focused. Specific fleets in each region could be engaged to identify prevention strategies targeting specific injuries and work tasks. Further investigation and continued surveillance of nonfatal injuries is warranted to improve commercial fishing safety.


Injury Prevention

Fishermen Led Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP)

Funded by: NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health)

The Fisherman Led Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) (pdf) is an innovative project that includes commercial fishermen, researchers, extension agents, and coastal community members. The project is lead by the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Oregon Sea Grant, a partnership that merges occupational safety research with Sea Grant experience in working directly with the commercial fishing industry.

The goal of FLIPP is to understand non-fatal injuries in the Dungeness Crab fishery and to test ideas to reduce or prevent these injuries.

Check out FLIPP Resources for Commercial Fishermen this project has developed.


Risk Information

Risk Information System for Commercial Fishermen - the RISC Fishermen Project

Funded by: Pacific Northwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center (PNASH)

This new project will use existing datasets to estimate injury risk and risk factors in commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest. We are developing a novel database to provide hazard assessments for commercial fishing stakeholders.

See: RISC – Risk Information System for Commercial Fishing


Research seminar

Injury Prevention for Commercial Fishermen: From Surveillance to Interventions