Fishing Safety

Commercial Fishing Safety

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Commercial fishing is a vital industry that provides food for people in the U.S. and around the world. In Oregon and Washington, there are 10,364 commercial fishing vessels with $835,670 dollars in sales per year. Commercial fishing can be physically demanding, involving long hours, harsh weather, and changing work environments. All of these factors can create safety risks for fishermen. PNASH collaborates with Oregon State University to engage commercial fishermen to reduce the risk of injury and keep them fishing. Visit our Partners at OSU

Our collaboration began with a small study looking at nonfatal injuries among commercial fishing workers. This study provided information on nonfatal injuries reported to the US Coast Guard for commercial fishermen in Washington, Oregon and California from 2002-2014.

Our current project Risk Information System for Commercial Fishermen, uses US Coast Guard information with other public datasets to estimate injury risk and risk factors in commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest. We developed a novel system to provide hazard assessments for commercial fishing stakeholders. This project has developed training resources and safety tools for fishermen's health and safety. See below to view the resources or learn more about research to improve safety in commercial fishing.

 

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Risk Information System for Commercial (RISC) Fishing

These resources use risk information on the hazards unique to the industry to provide commercial fishery stakeholders with guidance and tools.

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Understanding Risks for
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Hazard Sheet

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Commercial Fishermen’s First-Aid Kit

Every vessel must have a first aid kit and every fisherman should know what should go into a kit that will really help in situations they might find themselves in at sea. These resources were developed by the Fishermen Lead Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) led by Oregon State University.

Commercial Fishing Crew Agreements

Commercial fishermen think a good crew agreement can help reduce the risk of injuries and establish a positive relationship among the crew. Understand what goes into a good crew agreement and use the template (either paper version or an online version) to help you get this in place with your crews. These resources were developed by the Fishermen Lead Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) led by Oregon State University.

Regional and National Resources

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In the News

Fishermen’s News, June 2018 Wilderness Medicine for the Commercial Fishing Industry

Fishermen’s News, July 2018 Who Do You Want By Your Side at Sea?

PNASH Resources for Fishing

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Scene Assessment

This video teaches how to safely assess the scene when an event happens and what the first steps to take are when someone is hurt on a fishing vessel.

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Calling The Coastguard

This video teaches the proper protocol for calling the coast guard from fishing vessel.

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Report: PFDs for Crab Fishing

This is a report evaluating the effectiveness of safety initiatives and safety training programs. It informs PFD attitudes, worker attitudes, perceived risks, field-tested reports of five different PFDs.

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FLIPP First Aid Kit List

This is a list of items that is needed in a comprehensive first aid kit, recommended by safety professionals.

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FLIPP Guide to Building a First Aid Kit

This guide will ensure fisherman safety by helping to create comprehensive first aid kit that suite specific needs and situations which may arise while out at sea. 

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Fishing Hazard Sheet

This resource helps fishermen assess and control tasks with potential hazards through elimination, substitution, or use of provide personal protective equipment.

PNASH Research

Safety Surveillance for PNW Commercial Fishing: Risk Information System for Commercial (RISC) Fishing

NIOSH 2016-2022 | Laurel Kincl, PhD, MS

This project is working to develop the RISC Fishing surveillance system, a new analytical system for merging multiple vessels and personal databases of fatal and non-fatal information. 

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Pilot: Fishing Industry Filipino Migrant and Immigrant Work in the Subarctic

PNASH Pilot Project 2013-2015 | Gabriel Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH

This pilot project will assess risk factors for occupational illness and injury due to physically demanding work and unpredictable working conditions among Dutch Harbor/Unalaska's Filipino migrant fishing workers.

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Pilot: Non-Fatal Injuries among Commercial Fishing Workers in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon

PNASH Pilot Project 2014-2015 | Laurel Kincl, PhD, MS

This pilot estimates non-fatal injuries among commercial fishermen, describes high-risk work processes, and identifies particularly vulnerable worker populations, such as young workers.

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