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Design for end-user acceptance: requirements for work clothing for fishermen in mediterranean and northern fishing grounds

Tore Christian Bjorsvik Storholmen, Ole Petter Naesgaard, Hilde Faerevik, Jarl Reitan, Ingunn Marie Holmen, Randi Eidsmo Reinertsen
International Maritime Health 2012;63(1):32-39.

open access

Vol 63, No 1 (2012)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2012-06-05
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations, and as many as 24,000 fishermen around the world suffer fatal injuries or drowning at sea every year. Although fishermen in the European fishing fleet work in harsh and dangerous environments, many fishermen do not use personal protective clothing and buoyancy aids due to reduced work comfort and poor functionality. This emphasizes the importance of designing work clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) with functionality that matches the fishermen’s needs. The aim of this study was to identify the requirements for work clothing in terms of comfort, protection, and safety for fishermen operating in northern fishing grounds and in the Mediterranean. Furthermore, we investigated whether fishermen in the Mediterranean prioritize workclothing requirements differently from fishermen in northern fishing grounds. Interviews and observations of fishermen provided us with the requirements for work clothing for fishermen. A questionnaire was then distributed to a selection of European fishermen. The study showed that fishermen operating in the Mediterranean prioritized their requirements differently from fishermen in northern fishing grounds. There was good agreement on requirements regarding work comfort. Safety requirements, such as integrated buoyancy, were ranked as less important by the Mediterranean fishermen compared to fishermen in northern fishing grounds. The results of this study provide a basis for the development of work clothing and PPE for fishermen. Work clothing and PPE that fulfil the requirements are likely to obtain end-user acceptance and thus improve safety for fishermen at sea.

Abstract

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations, and as many as 24,000 fishermen around the world suffer fatal injuries or drowning at sea every year. Although fishermen in the European fishing fleet work in harsh and dangerous environments, many fishermen do not use personal protective clothing and buoyancy aids due to reduced work comfort and poor functionality. This emphasizes the importance of designing work clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) with functionality that matches the fishermen’s needs. The aim of this study was to identify the requirements for work clothing in terms of comfort, protection, and safety for fishermen operating in northern fishing grounds and in the Mediterranean. Furthermore, we investigated whether fishermen in the Mediterranean prioritize workclothing requirements differently from fishermen in northern fishing grounds. Interviews and observations of fishermen provided us with the requirements for work clothing for fishermen. A questionnaire was then distributed to a selection of European fishermen. The study showed that fishermen operating in the Mediterranean prioritized their requirements differently from fishermen in northern fishing grounds. There was good agreement on requirements regarding work comfort. Safety requirements, such as integrated buoyancy, were ranked as less important by the Mediterranean fishermen compared to fishermen in northern fishing grounds. The results of this study provide a basis for the development of work clothing and PPE for fishermen. Work clothing and PPE that fulfil the requirements are likely to obtain end-user acceptance and thus improve safety for fishermen at sea.
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Keywords

fishing; safety; work clothing; user requirements; product design; Mediterranean; northern fishing grounds; user-centred design

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Title

Design for end-user acceptance: requirements for work clothing for fishermen in mediterranean and northern fishing grounds

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 1 (2012)

Pages

32-39

Published online

2012-06-05

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2012;63(1):32-39.

Keywords

fishing
safety
work clothing
user requirements
product design
Mediterranean
northern fishing grounds
user-centred design

Authors

Tore Christian Bjorsvik Storholmen
Ole Petter Naesgaard
Hilde Faerevik
Jarl Reitan
Ingunn Marie Holmen
Randi Eidsmo Reinertsen

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