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TROPICAL MEDICINE
Published online: 2010-03-26
Submitted: 2013-02-18
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Safer work clothing for fishermen

Ingunn Holman Geving, Mariann Sandsund, Jarl Reitan, Hilde Faerevik, Randi Eidsmo Reinertsen, Halvard Aasjord)
International Maritime Health 2006;57(1-4):94-102.

open access

Vol 57, No 1-4 (2006)
TROPICAL MEDICINE
Published online: 2010-03-26
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

The fisherman’s work environment consists of many potential risks. A study of occupational accidents in the Norwegian fishing industry in the nine-year period from 1998 to 2006 shows that more than 3/4 of the deaths were caused by loss of fishing vessel or man-overboard accidents. Furthermore, the greatest risk of drowning is found in the smallest fleet. The aim of our project was to develop safer work clothing and through this contribute to a reduction in work accidents and injuries in the fishing fleet. We considered that it is possible to produce protective work clothing that satisfies a specification of requirements covering the fishermen’s needs for protection and comfort during work. An end user-centred process including twenty-three personal interviews and a questionnaire was used to clarify the fishermen’s needs and wishes before detailed design and product development. We identified an overview of all the fishermen’s needs for protection during work, and produced a prioritised list of functional requirements for the clothing. The results show that the clothing previously preferred by fishermen does not satisfy all the users’ demands for safety, functionality and comfort. These demands have been taken into consideration when designing improved work clothing for the fishing fleet. A selected number of prototypes were developed on the basis of the established specification of requirements. The prototypes were evaluated according to the users’ requirements through tests in SINTEF’s Work Physiology Laboratory and on board fishing vessels. The results demonstrate that the new protective clothing satisfies the fishermen’s requirements.

Abstract

The fisherman’s work environment consists of many potential risks. A study of occupational accidents in the Norwegian fishing industry in the nine-year period from 1998 to 2006 shows that more than 3/4 of the deaths were caused by loss of fishing vessel or man-overboard accidents. Furthermore, the greatest risk of drowning is found in the smallest fleet. The aim of our project was to develop safer work clothing and through this contribute to a reduction in work accidents and injuries in the fishing fleet. We considered that it is possible to produce protective work clothing that satisfies a specification of requirements covering the fishermen’s needs for protection and comfort during work. An end user-centred process including twenty-three personal interviews and a questionnaire was used to clarify the fishermen’s needs and wishes before detailed design and product development. We identified an overview of all the fishermen’s needs for protection during work, and produced a prioritised list of functional requirements for the clothing. The results show that the clothing previously preferred by fishermen does not satisfy all the users’ demands for safety, functionality and comfort. These demands have been taken into consideration when designing improved work clothing for the fishing fleet. A selected number of prototypes were developed on the basis of the established specification of requirements. The prototypes were evaluated according to the users’ requirements through tests in SINTEF’s Work Physiology Laboratory and on board fishing vessels. The results demonstrate that the new protective clothing satisfies the fishermen’s requirements.
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Keywords

protective work clothing; user requirements; product development; buoyancy aid; fishermen

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Title

Safer work clothing for fishermen

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 57, No 1-4 (2006)

Pages

94-102

Published online

2010-03-26

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2006;57(1-4):94-102.

Keywords

protective work clothing
user requirements
product development
buoyancy aid
fishermen

Authors

Ingunn Holman Geving
Mariann Sandsund
Jarl Reitan
Hilde Faerevik
Randi Eidsmo Reinertsen
Halvard Aasjord)

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