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Occupational hazards of fisherman in Epe Local government area of Lagos State, Nigeria

G A Christianah


This study investigated the occupational health hazards, safety practices and information sources of fishermen in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria. 120 respondents were selected through snow-ball technique out of where a list of 228 fishermen, 50 percent were randomly selected by ballot to give a total of 120 respondents. Data was obtained using pre-tested and validated interview schedule. Results were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistical tools such as frequencies, percentages, means and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. Result show that fishermen are exposed to hazards like noise, exposure to heat and sun, cuts, bites, sitting on scratches from marine life and others on a daily basis. The outstanding safety measures used by fishermen are, ensuring that the boat is in good condition and checking whether forecast information on safety measures are obtained from friends and neighbours. Pearson Product Moment Correlation shows a significant relationship between some sources of information available and the safety practices of fishermen. It is recommended that extension services for training on standard safety practices should be given to fishermen in the study area.

Keywords: Hazards, Safety measures and fishermen.

African Journal of Livestock Extension Vol. 4 2005: pp. 84-88

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