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Work-related mortality in the US fishing industry during 2000-2014: New findings based on improved workforce exposure estimates
  • Published Date:
    Aug 23 2017
  • Source:
    Am J Ind Med. 61(1):21-31.
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  • Alternative Title:
    Am J Ind Med
  • Description:

    Commercial fishing is a global industry that has been frequently classified as high-risk. The use of detailed surveillance data is critical in identifying hazards.


    The purpose of this study was to provide updated statistics for the entire US fishing industry during 2010–2014, generate fleet-specific fatality rates using a revised calculation of full-time equivalent estimates, and examine changes in the patterns of fatalities and in risk over a 15-year period (2000-2014).


    During 2010–2014, 188 commercial fishing fatalities occurred in the US. Vessel disasters and falls overboard remain leading contributors to commercial fishing deaths. The Atlantic scallop fleet stands out for achieving substantial declines in the risk of fatalities over the 15-year study period.


    This study found fatality rates in fishing fleets during 2010–2014 ranging from 21 to 147 deaths per 100,000 FTEs, many times higher than the rate for all US workers.

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