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Document ID (ISN)65740
CIS number 95-2222
ISSN - Serial title 0008-4263 - Canadian Journal of Public Health - Revue canadienne de santÚ publique
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rossignol M., Pineault M.
Title Classification of fatal occupational electrocutions
Bibliographic information Sep.-Oct. 1994, Vol.85, No.5, p.322-325. 19 ref.
Abstract The study describes fatal occupational electrocutions that occurred in Quebec, Canada between 1981 and 1988 and proposes a classification suitable for setting up a prevention agenda. Of 63 fatalities, an investigation report was available in 57 cases (90.5%). They all occurred among males, 70.2% of whom were under the age of 35; 49.1% were performing a task related to the construction sector. A principal factor analysis allowed classification of 90.2% of the fatalities in two categories: victims assigned to electrical tasks indoors and those assigned to non-electrical tasks outdoors. Victims in the first group (56.5% of the cases) were electrocuted by direct contact with current at voltages <10kV and those in the second by contact with current at voltages >10kV. The identification of the two patterns of electrocution provided an additional argument for shifting prevention strategies from worker education to reducing electrical hazards at their source.
Descriptors (primary) high voltage; classification; electrical accidents; fatalities
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; Quebec; statistical evaluation; construction industry; outdoor work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s) Electrical safety
Browse category(ies) Electricity