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May 4, 2009

Looking Towards the Future

Ten Strategies for Injury Control
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1. Eliminate the creation of the hazard in the first place*
(Changes in design, emergency stop buttons, ergonomics)
2. Reduce amount of the hazard*
(Stricter regulations for inspections and training programs)
3. Prevent release of hazard that exists
4. Modify rate or distribution of release of hazard
5. Separate hazard in time or space
6. Separate hazard and that which is to be protected*
(Life jackets, floating devices, location of fuel tanks, guards and shields on equipment)
7. Modify basic qualities of hazard
8. Make protected items more resistant to damage
9. Counter the damage
10. Repair or stabilize the object damaged

* Most appropriate for addressing commercial fishing injuries/fatalities

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