Wednesday, April 17, 2013

AMSEA Offers Ergonomics Workshops Aimed at Injury Prevention

When it comes to preventing strains, sprains and pains in commercial fisheries, Jerry Dzugan’s got your back… and more.

Dzugan is the director of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, which has added ergonomics to its list of workshops, to help those engaged in commercial fisheries reduce stress on their backs and spines, and prevent other injuries common to those in the industry.

Ergonomics is the science of adapting workstations, tools, equipment and work methods for more efficient, comfortable and error-free use by people.

During COMFISH Alaska 2013 at Kodiak last week, Dzugan talked with those participating in his workshop about adopting ergo principles in their fisheries.

“Think about how to make work more comfortable,” he said. “Think about how to be more efficient. Develop the attitude that you can make better changes.”

Dzugan talked about the importance of specific work habits, including good posture, to reduce stress, and ways to position equipment to prevent stress and injury. He also discussed how non-slip tools and gloves can help prevent injury, and stretches and exercises that improve flexibility and agility.

Participants in the ergonomics classes, which are free to commercial fishermen, are given a pocket guide reference that explains how various forces on the body may result in back, spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries. The guide also includes a set of illustrated stretches and exercises to increase flexibility, which contribute to making people more mentally alert and productive. Stretches, said Dzugan, should be part of a daily routine.

For a complete list of ergonomic injury prevention and other AMSEA workshops, log on to Information on the workshops and how to register for them is also available at the website, or call 1-907-747-3287.

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