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Document ID (ISN)106260
CIS number 07-338
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kucuker H.
Title Occupational fatalities among coal mine workers in Zonguldak, Turkey, 1994-2003
Bibliographic information Mar. 2006, Vol.56, No.2, p.144-146. 10 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate fatalities in underground coal mining in the Zonguldak province of Turkey. It involved a retrospective study of all 164 accidental fatalities recorded from 1994 to 2003. The median age of deceased workers was 36 years. Eighty-one fatalities were due to subsidence, 33 to underground railway accidents and 18 to gas poisoning. Asphyxia was the most common cause of death (60%). The majority of fatalities (87%) occurred at the scene of the incident. The remainder occurred on the way to the hospital or in the emergency room or the intensive care unit. The underground coal mining industry in Turkey requires strategies to improve safety and reduce the number of fatalities. These strategies should focus on improved underground safety through engineering measures.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; Turkey; coal mining; fatalities; underground mining
Descriptors (secondary) poisoning; toxic gases; causes of accidents; collapse; asphyxia; in-plant transport
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTurkey
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying