34th Annual Statistical Analysis Released By Marine Index Bureau

The Marine Index Bureau, New York, the commercial depository for data concerning personnel illnesses and i n j u r i e s for the American merchant marine and affiliated industries, released its 34th annual statistical analysis recently. The analysis covers illnesses and injuries reported to the Bureau for deepsea seafarers during the calendar year 1980.

In announcing the a n a l y s i s, Bruno J. Augenti, chairman of the board of the Marine Index Bureau, said: "According to the monthly U.S. Department of Commerce Merchant Marine Data Sheets, average employment for the year 1980 in the deepsea industry reached a new low of 19,720 jobs. In September 1945 (WW II), the number was 168,000 and in December 1951 (Korean War), it was 93,163." He further stated that "Deepsea personnel in the 40 years and over age group accounted for 3,444 of the total 5,992 illnesses reported and for 3,914 of the total 7,446 ininjuries.

"In all but four of the illness categories, seafarers over 40 suffered a markedly high number of diseases. Injuries for the over-40 age group were higher in all categories except one (back fracture).

This does not mean that older seafarers suffer more illnesses and injuries than do their younger shipmates, but it does confirm that seafarers over 40 continued to constitute a major part of the seagoing population." Mr. Augenti also pointed out that . . . "over the 10-year period 1971 through 1980, the incidence rate of illness and injury combined fluctuated within narrow limits and appears to be stabilizing.

The combined rate for 1980 was 68.1, lower by 3.7 points than the 1979 rate." For a copy of the full analysis— Circular Letter No. 98—write to Capt. Robert E. Hart, President, Marine Index Bureau, 17 Battery Place, New York, N.Y. 10004.

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