CDC Media Briefing: Commercial Fishing Fatalities
CDC INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER LINCOLN
CDC Media Briefing
April 24, 2008
2:00 p.m. ET
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I will now turn the meeting over to Von Roebuck. Thank you, sir. You may begin.
VON ROEBUCK, CDC MAIN PRESS OFFICE: Thank you very much, and welcome, everyone, to this
CDC tele-briefing. I am Von Roebuck. I'm in CDC's main press office here and assigned to Georgia.
Today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, MMWR, includes an article regarding the occupational
dangers of commercial fishing in three western states, along with suggestions for safety improvements. Dr.
Jennifer Lincoln, an occupational safety and health specialist in the National Institute of Occupational Health,
also known as NIOSH – she's in the division of safety and research. And NIOSH, of course, is affiliated with
Dr. Lincoln works in the division of safety research at the NIOSH Alaska field station, and she's joining us from
Alaska today. Dr. Lincoln will make a few brief comments about this article, and then we'll take your
So, Dr. Lincoln, if you're ready to proceed.
JENNIFER LINCOLN, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH: OK, thank you, I
am. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I need to clarify a couple of things. I work
for the Alaska Pacific regional office, and I'm in the office of the director. That's a recent change within
NIOSH. My coauthor, Devin Lucas, and I have worked in the area of fishing vessel safety for a number of
NIOSH, as Von mentioned, is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making
recommendations to identify and prevent work-related illness and injury