Ergonomics is the science of adapting workstations, tools, equipment and work methods for more efficient, comfortable and error-free use by humans.
Ergonomics has often been associated with working in an office, with keyboards, telephones and fancy ball chairs. The fact is, however, that correct ergonomics is important in nearly every activity we undertake; especially activities and jobs that are physically taxing - like commercial fishing.
Anyone who has ever fished, known a fisherman or thought about fishing, knows there are inherent risks, but we usually associate those risks with things like weather, loading our vessels, handling gear, etc. It isn’t often we really think about the risks to our bodies from repetitive motion, strain on the back, lifting, and other forces that cause injury over time.
We know those risks are there, but it’s just part of the job, right? Sort of. Improving ergonomics in commercial fishing practices can help to reduce injury. There are tools, safer practices and simple deck alterations that can dramatically reduce your risk to injury caused by the physical demands of commercial fishing.
Strains, Sprains, & Pains: Commercial Fishing Muscular/Skeletal Injury Prevention
A slide deck that explains common musculoskeletal injuries encountered by commercial fishermen and how to prevent them.
Pocket Guide to Ergonomics
AMSEA's Pocket Guide to Ergonomics provides a condensed presentation of the information in the Strains, Sprains, and Pains slide deck, accompanied by instructions for stretches and exercises for preparing your body for physical activities associated with commercial fishing.