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Ergonomic exposure case studies in Massachusetts fishing vessels.
Am J Ind Med. 2002 Aug; Suppl 2:10-8.AJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Musculoskeletal disorders may not have been studied as much as greater risks in the dangerous environment of commercial fishing. Primary prevention of risk for these kinds of injuries and illnesses begins by a detailed understanding of what risks are likely to be common in the different fisheries, and how those risks might be reduced.

METHODS

Ergonomic job analyses were conducted on three different types of fishing vessels in Massachusetts: gillnetting, otter trawling, and lobstering. Direct observation was used to link posture to task. Noise measurements, tool analysis, and cycle time measurements were also included.

RESULTS

Production speed, materials handling, and vessel movement contributed to musculoskeletal stress by affecting observable postural deviation, repetition, and forceful exertions.

CONCLUSIONS

Interventions to reduce ergonomic risk factors might be possible through utilization of below deck space in certain boats, through better technology, or through simple tool adjustments.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA. scott_fulmer@uml.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12210677

Citation

Fulmer, Scott, and Bryan Buchholz. "Ergonomic Exposure Case Studies in Massachusetts Fishing Vessels." American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. Suppl 2, 2002, pp. 10-8.
Fulmer S, Buchholz B. Ergonomic exposure case studies in Massachusetts fishing vessels. Am J Ind Med. 2002;Suppl 2:10-8.
Fulmer, S., & Buchholz, B. (2002). Ergonomic exposure case studies in Massachusetts fishing vessels. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Suppl 2, 10-8.
Fulmer S, Buchholz B. Ergonomic Exposure Case Studies in Massachusetts Fishing Vessels. Am J Ind Med. 2002;Suppl 2:10-8. PubMed PMID: 12210677.
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