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Document ID (ISN)109700
CIS number 09-701
ISSN - Serial title Benefit
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) HŘbscher G.
Title White death
Original title Die weisse Gewalt [in German]
Il pirocolo bianco [in Italian]
La mort blanche [in French]
Bibliographic information Nov. 2008, No.4, p.4-9. Illus.
Internet access [in Italian] [in German] [in French]
Abstract The survival rate of persons covered by an avalanche is around 93%. However, after more than 15 minutes under snow, chances of survival diminish rapidly due to the risk of asphyxia. In Switzerland, avalanches cause an average of 25 deaths each year. Contents of this feature on the risks related to avalanches: account of a mountain guide having survived an avalanche which occurred while accompanying two backcountry skiers; "White Risk", an interactive CD on the prevention of avalanche risks published by SUVA (Swiss national accident insurance organization); online testing of the risk profile of skiers and snowboarders (
Descriptors (primary) snow; sports and recreation; risk factors; escape and rescue
Descriptors (secondary) weather; public OSH institutions; internet document; asphyxia; CD-ROM; Switzerland
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Natural phenomena
Physical fitness programmes