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Analysis of Injuries/Illnesses in the Seafood Processing Industry in Alaska.


PB93159150

Publication Date 1992
Personal Author Carmon, B. W.; Weiss, L.; Pflaum, J.
Page Count 44
Abstract Data were gathered concerning injuries and illnesses experienced by workers employed in the seafood industry in Alaska over the period from 1985 through 1987. Over the 3 year period there were 2707 workers' compensation claims filed with nine of ten claims being for a work related injury. More injury claims were filed by men than women, and more illness claims by women. While 67 percent of the industry's workforce was made up of men, they were responsible for 80 percent of the injury or illness claims filed. A large majority, 74.5 percent, of the claims filed were filed within the first 3 months of employment. The most frequently occurring category of illness claims was for cumulative trauma disorder. The largest number of injury claims were for sprains and strains of the back and trunk. Other reported injuries included contusions and bruises (16.5 percent), cuts and lacerations (11.9 percent), and fractures (7.9 percent). Workers employed as packing and filling machine operators and those listed as miscellaneous food handlers were responsible for 75 percent of all claims filed.
Keywords
  • Food processing
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Industrial medicine
  • Working conditions
  • Seafood
  • Workmens compensation
  • Alaska
  • Accident investigations
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Accident prevention
  • Risk assessment
  • Accidental falls
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 98H - Food Technology
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
Corporate Authors Alaska Univ., Anchorage. Coll. of Nursing and Health Sciences.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199310
Analysis of Injuries/Illnesses in the Seafood Processing Industry in Alaska.
Analysis of Injuries/Illnesses in the Seafood Processing Industry in Alaska.
PB93159150

  • Food processing
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Industrial medicine
  • Working conditions
  • Seafood
  • Workmens compensation
  • Alaska
  • Accident investigations
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Accident prevention
  • Risk assessment
  • Accidental falls
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 98H - Food Technology
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
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