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Non-fatal occupational injuries related to slips, trips and falls in seafaring.
Am J Ind Med. 2005 Feb; 47(2):161-71.AJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Merchant seafaring often involves hazardous occupational operations and several studies have shown increased overall injury mortality. The aim of this study was to describe the risks involved in slip, trip and fall (STF) injuries in merchant seafaring, in order to point out areas for prevention.

METHODS

A questionnaire study was carried out in 11 countries with 6,461 participants. The seafarers gave information on whether they were injured during their latest tour of duty, and whether STF preceded the injury.

RESULTS

Of the total reported injuries 43% (n=467) were STF related. Fractures and sprains accounted for 42% of the STF injuries compared with 17% for non-STF injuries. The proportions of STF injuries for different types of ships and areas of the ships varied from < 30% to >60%, particularly work on passenger ship decks, where STF injuries were >60%. The proportions of STF injuries increased by age and by severity of the injury.

CONCLUSIONS

Injuries related to STF on merchant ships were more frequent than previous estimates. There is a need for improvements in defining, reporting, and preventing STF injuries in merchant seafaring.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Research Unit of Maritime Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. OCJ@FMM.SDU.DKNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15662643

Citation

Jensen, Olaf C., et al. "Non-fatal Occupational Injuries Related to Slips, Trips and Falls in Seafaring." American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. 47, no. 2, 2005, pp. 161-71.
Jensen OC, Sørensen JF, Canals ML, et al. Non-fatal occupational injuries related to slips, trips and falls in seafaring. Am J Ind Med. 2005;47(2):161-71.
Jensen, O. C., Sørensen, J. F., Canals, M. L., Hu, Y., Nikolic, N., & Mozer, A. A. (2005). Non-fatal occupational injuries related to slips, trips and falls in seafaring. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 47(2), 161-71.
Jensen OC, et al. Non-fatal Occupational Injuries Related to Slips, Trips and Falls in Seafaring. Am J Ind Med. 2005;47(2):161-71. PubMed PMID: 15662643.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Non-fatal occupational injuries related to slips, trips and falls in seafaring. AU - Jensen,Olaf C, AU - Sørensen,J F L, AU - Canals,M L, AU - Hu,Yunping, AU - Nikolic,N, AU - Mozer,A A, PY - 2005/1/22/pubmed PY - 2005/4/13/medline PY - 2005/1/22/entrez SP - 161 EP - 71 JF - American journal of industrial medicine JO - Am J Ind Med VL - 47 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Merchant seafaring often involves hazardous occupational operations and several studies have shown increased overall injury mortality. The aim of this study was to describe the risks involved in slip, trip and fall (STF) injuries in merchant seafaring, in order to point out areas for prevention. METHODS: A questionnaire study was carried out in 11 countries with 6,461 participants. The seafarers gave information on whether they were injured during their latest tour of duty, and whether STF preceded the injury. RESULTS: Of the total reported injuries 43% (n=467) were STF related. Fractures and sprains accounted for 42% of the STF injuries compared with 17% for non-STF injuries. The proportions of STF injuries for different types of ships and areas of the ships varied from < 30% to >60%, particularly work on passenger ship decks, where STF injuries were >60%. The proportions of STF injuries increased by age and by severity of the injury. CONCLUSIONS: Injuries related to STF on merchant ships were more frequent than previous estimates. There is a need for improvements in defining, reporting, and preventing STF injuries in merchant seafaring. SN - 0271-3586 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15662643/Non_fatal_occupational_injuries_related_to_slips_trips_and_falls_in_seafaring_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.20119 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -