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Published online: 2017-12-22
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Predictors for occupational injuries and diseases among commercial fishers in Finland 1996–2015

Kim O. Kaustell1, Tiina E.A. Mattila1, Timo Hurme1, Pekka S. Salmi1, Risto H. Rautiainen21
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2017.0037
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Pubmed: 29297570
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International Maritime Health 2017;68(4):196-202.
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  1. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Helsinki, Finland
  2. Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 984395 Nebraska Medical Center, NE 68198-4388 Omaha, United States

open access

Vol 68, No 4 (2017)
MARITIME/OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE Original article
Submitted: 2017-09-25
Accepted: 2017-11-08
Published online: 2017-12-22

Abstract

Fishing is a hazardous occupation worldwide. Commercial fishers in Finland are an aging and diminishing population with a high injury rate. Insurance claims data for self-employed Finnish commercial fishers during the years 1996 through 2015 (n = 1951) were analysed to assess predictors for occupational injuries and diseases. Out of the available variables, fishery location, career length, and participation in the voluntary occupational health service programme were not significant predictors. Male gender (OR 2.02; 95% CI 1.37–2.99), Finnish mother tongue vs. Swedish (OR 1.98, 95% CI 1.53–2.55), and higher income levels from fishing (four income categories, OR range: 1.71–3.53) were associated with higher odds for a compensated occupational injury or disease claim among commercial fishers in the final multivariate model. The identified risk groups could be targeted for interventions, and the content of the occupational health service programme should be developed to gain protective effect.

Abstract

Fishing is a hazardous occupation worldwide. Commercial fishers in Finland are an aging and diminishing population with a high injury rate. Insurance claims data for self-employed Finnish commercial fishers during the years 1996 through 2015 (n = 1951) were analysed to assess predictors for occupational injuries and diseases. Out of the available variables, fishery location, career length, and participation in the voluntary occupational health service programme were not significant predictors. Male gender (OR 2.02; 95% CI 1.37–2.99), Finnish mother tongue vs. Swedish (OR 1.98, 95% CI 1.53–2.55), and higher income levels from fishing (four income categories, OR range: 1.71–3.53) were associated with higher odds for a compensated occupational injury or disease claim among commercial fishers in the final multivariate model. The identified risk groups could be targeted for interventions, and the content of the occupational health service programme should be developed to gain protective effect.
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Keywords

commercial fishing, occupational safety, demographic factors

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Title

Predictors for occupational injuries and diseases among commercial fishers in Finland 1996–2015

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 68, No 4 (2017)

Article type

Original article

Pages

196-202

Published online

2017-12-22

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2017.0037

Pubmed

29297570

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2017;68(4):196-202.

Keywords

commercial fishing
occupational safety
demographic factors

Authors

Kim O. Kaustell
Tiina E.A. Mattila
Timo Hurme
Pekka S. Salmi
Risto H. Rautiainen

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