Gulf of Mexico Seafood Harvesters: Part 3. Potential Occupational Risk Reduction Measures
Abstract1. Background: Fishers face many occupational hazards that include a high risk of fatal and nonfatal injuries and a variety of adverse health effects. Our purpose is to provide an overview of potential countermeasures for the control of hazards that threaten the health and safety of Gulf of Mexico (GoM) fish harvesters. 2. Method: Search terms were used to identify relevant literature; two previous reviews regarding injuries and health risk factors also inform this review. 3. Results: Countermeasures against these hazards include winch guards, lifting devices, job redesign, non-slip decks and vessel stability controls as well as using personal flotation devices, wearing gloves and high-friction footwear, increasing sleep time and using vessel motion to assist lifting. Knowledge about secondary prevention (such as rescue, first aid and making mayday calls) is also important. Learning through experience is a crucial factor that incorporates other fishers’ experiences with innovations. Fatigue and lack of sleep contribute to vessel disasters and injury-related errors. 4. Conclusions: The prevention of injuries and diseases among GoM fishers depends on a combination of focusing on work-processes, instilling a broader safety culture, engineering controls, identifying and sharing fisher innovations, promoting fall overboard prevention and protection and providing culture-based incentives, training and narrative outreach. View Full-Text
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Myers, M.L.; Durborow, R.M.; Kane, A.S. Gulf of Mexico Seafood Harvesters: Part 3. Potential Occupational Risk Reduction Measures. Safety 2018, 4, 33.
Myers ML, Durborow RM, Kane AS. Gulf of Mexico Seafood Harvesters: Part 3. Potential Occupational Risk Reduction Measures. Safety. 2018; 4(3):33.Chicago/Turabian Style
Myers, Melvin L.; Durborow, Robert M.; Kane, Andrew S. 2018. "Gulf of Mexico Seafood Harvesters: Part 3. Potential Occupational Risk Reduction Measures." Safety 4, no. 3: 33.
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