Assessment of physical risk factors for the shoulder using the Posture, Activity, Tools, and Handling (PATH) method in small-scale commercial crab pot fishing.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

An observational work-sampling technique--Posture, Activity, Tools, and Handling (PATH)--was used to describe the prevalence of awkward postures and other physical risk factors for shoulder symptoms among a purposive sample of 11 small-scale commercial crab pot fishing crews. Fishing activities with awkward shoulder postures included hooking the buoy, feeding the rope into the hydraulic puller, and handling the crab pots. Increasing the size of the crew decreased the frequency of awkward shoulder postures for the captain but not for the mate. Awkward shoulder postures varied by technique, task distribution, equipment, and boat characteristics and setup, indicating these factors may be important determinants of exposure. Care should be taken in assuming personal techniques drives ergonomic exposure variability among these small-scale commercial fishermen.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kucera, KL; Lipscomb, HJ

Published Date

  • October 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 394 - 404

PubMed ID

  • 20954035

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-0813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/1059924X.2010.511967


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England