National Fisherman


FAIRBANKS — Commercial fishermen experience the highest rate of occupational fatalities and second highest rate of non-fatal occupational injuries of any job in the state of Alaska, according to a bulletin released Thursday by the state Department of Epidemiology.
 
While attempts have been made to reduce injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, in the Alaskan fishing industry, Epidemiology states that relatively little is known about the patterns that cause the incidents.
 
To delve into the subject, the department examined injuries in Dutch Harbor, through the patients treated at Iliuliuk Family Health Center, the primary care center in the Dutch Harbor area.
 
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