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An ergonomic assessment of small boat lobster fishing.

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R. Charles
Editor

D. Golightly
Editor

Abstract

Fishing is a high-risk occupation: among these risks is the high frequency of work-related musculoskeletal injury. While the industry is regulated world-wide, the safety focus is on larger vessels, which is significant given that the vast majority of commercial fishing is carried out by crews using smaller vessels. There is also very little research investigating impact of such activity on the health and wellbeing of small boat fishers. Given that such operations are less industrialised and involve strenuous physical labour over long hours, this area deserves further study. This paper describes a case study of small boat lobster fishing off the North East coast of Scotland. A flexible approach combined task and postural analysis with qualitative data, identifying task elements posing particular risks to musculoskeletal health and suggesting strategies for risk reduction.

Citation

DUGUID, A. and VOSPER, H. 2019. An ergonomic assessment of small boat lobster fishing. In Charles, R. and Golightly, D. (eds) Contemporary ergonomics and human factors 2019: proceedings of the Ergonomics and human factors 2019 (EHF 2019), 29 April - 1 May 2019, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Birmingham : CIEHF [online]. Available from: https://publications.ergonomics.org.uk/publications/an-ergonomic-assessment-of-small-boat-lobster-fishing.html

Conference Name 2019 Ergonomics and human factors conference (EHF 2019)
Start Date Apr 29, 2019
End Date May 1, 2019
Acceptance Date Jan 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2019
Publication Date Sep 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 16, 2019
Publisher Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
Book Title Contemporary ergonomics and human factors 2019: proceedings of the Ergonomics and human factors 2019 (EHF 2019), 29 April - 1 May 2019, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
ISBN 9781999652715
Keywords Small boat lobster fishing; OWAS; REBA; RULA; Strain index
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/249319
Publisher URL https://publications.ergonomics.org.uk/publications/an-ergonomic-assessment-of-small-boat-lobster-fishing.html

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