NIOSH Fishing safety program survives cuts – As long as the program lives, lifejackets are a major focus of that effort to try to save fishermen’s lives

Falls overboard are the second largest cause of death in fishermen, Lincoln said. Only one of the 191 fishermen who died between 2000 and 2012 was wearing a lifejacket, Lincoln said. “A PFD doesn’t guarantee survival, but it certainly increases the chances of surviving a fall overboard,” Lincoln said. A recent NIOSH study looked into the preferred lifejackets for various commercial gear types by surveying fishermen and asking 200 to evaluate lifejackets for 30 days on deck. [email protected]

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