SafeCatch

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Project Title

SafeCatch 3: Perceptions of Risk (POR)

Summary

The SafeCatch project consisted of 6 linked component studies on fish harvester occupational health and fishing vessel safety. Relevant results from each component informed the research design and interpretation of results from others.

The goal of this particular SafeCatch component was to document first-hand accounts of the sources of risk for occupational injuries and fatalities, fishing vessel accidents, and near-misses in commercial fishing. The project involved a series of focus groups, a telephone survey of a random sample of professional fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador, and tours of fishing vessels to observe fishers as they identified the potential sites of risk in their work environments.

List of Project Outputs

Lead Investigators

Barbara Neis, SafetyNet, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Marian Binkley, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University

Co-Investigators

Michael Murray, Division of Community Health, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nicole Power, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

Other Team Members

Sandra Brennan, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nancy Leawood, SafetyNet, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Melissa Kennedy, SafetyNet, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Community Collaborators

Small Fishing Vessel Safety Committee
Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board of Newfoundland and Labrador
Marine Institute Offshore Safety and Survival Centre

Funding Sources

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR)
Search and Rescue Secretariat New Initiatives Fund
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Marine Institute Offshore Safety and Survival Centre
Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board of Newfoundland and Labrador

Outputs

Reports

Final Report

Publications

Power, N. G., Howse, D., Neis, B., & Brennan, S. (2010).  Bodies at work: Insights from marine and coastal OHS research.  Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 8(1), 25-41.

Power, N. G. (2008).  Occupational risks, safety, and masculinity: Newfoundland fish harvesters' experiences and understandings of fishery risks.  Health, Risk & Society, 10(6), 565-583.

Completed Theses

Brennan, S. L. (2008).  In God's pocket: Accidents, injuries, and perceptions of risk among contemporary Newfoundland fish harvesters.  Masters Dissertation, Department of Sociology.  Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Presentations

Power, N., Howse, D., Brennan, S., & Neis, B. (2008).  Gendered bodies at work: Insights from marine and coastal OHS research.  Presentation to the Canadian Sociological Association Meetings.  Vancouver, June 3-6.

Brennan, S., Power, N., Neis, B., & Binkley, M. (2006). Injury risk and prevention among Newfoundland fish harvesters. Presention to the SafetyNet/CARWH Conference. St. John's, NL, June 7-10.

Power, N. (2006). Learning safety: Masculinity and OHS in the Newfoundland fishery. Presentation to the SafetyNet/CARWH Conference. St. John's, NL, June 7-10.

Power, N., Brennan, S., Neis, B., & Binkley., M. (2005). Using fish harvesters’ knowledge to create a safer fishery. Presenteation to the Atlantic Networks for Prevention Research Forum. White Point, NS, October 24-26.

Power, N., Brennan, S., Leawood, N., Neis, B., & Binkley, M. (2005). Newfoundland fishers’ perceptions of risk. Poster presented at the IPPH-IHSPR Summer Institute. Rocky Harbour, NL, June 5-10.

Power, N., Binkley, M., Brennan, S., & Neis, B. (2005). Newfoundland fishers' perceptions of risk. Presentation to the Bi-annual Symposium, Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, Vancouver, BC, May 15-17.

Leawood, N. (2003). “Preventable hazards" or "just part of the job": Perceptions of risk in the fishing industry. Presentation to “From Research to Practice: Partnering for Occupational Health and Safety”, SafetyNet Conference. St. John’s, NL, October 30-31.

Contact Information

Barbara Neis, SafetyNet, Memorial University of Newfoundland
bneis@mun.ca

 

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