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Jessica Echard, Rebecca Weil

Jessica Echard and Rebecca Weil, from Cooperstown, NY, both work for the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety as a research assistant and research coordinator, respectively. Their main project has been working with fishermen to increase their use of lifejackets while fishing. They have focused on talking with fishermen about why they choose not to use lifejackets, what their concerns are, and how they can help improve lifejacket design to make them more appropriate for the job. In this interview, they discuss their research process and their stories from working with fishermen around safety issues, highlighting how important safety is to fishermen even if they choose not to use lifejackets.




Molly Graham

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Natalie Springuel

Suggested citation: Echard, Jessica and Rebecca Weil Oral History Interview, March 1, 2019, by Matt Frassica, Page #, Maine Sound & Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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