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Document ID (ISN)72462
CIS number 99-627
ISSN - Serial title 0022-4375 - Journal of Safety Research
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Williamson A., Feyer A.M.
Title The causes of electrical fatalities at work
Bibliographic information Fall 1998, Vol.29, No.3, p.187-196. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract Data from the Australian Work-Related Fatalities Study were analysed to examine accidents where the direct cause of death was contact with electricity (electrocution) and accidents which occurred in occupations with high exposure to electricity (electrical and related trades) but where the cause of death was not necessarily electrocution. Accident patterns for these two groups were compared to those for all fatalities. Behaviour was most likely to be involved in electricity-related deaths and to be a prime cause. Compared to fatal accidents in general, in electricity-related fatalities omission errors were more common than commission errors, and electricity-related fatalities had different patterns of contributing factors. Electrocutions were more likely to have involved poor upkeep of equipment and task errors at an earlier time compared to electrical trade fatalities and fatalities in general. Results may be used to identify the most effective targets for prevention. Topics: analysis of accident causes; causes of accidents; electric shock; electrical accidents; electrical industry; electricity; faulty construction; human behaviour; human failure; risk factors; survey; unsafe acts.
Descriptors (primary) electricity; causes of accidents; electrical accidents; electrical industry
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; faulty construction; human behaviour; electric shock; human failure; unsafe acts; risk factors; survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s) Electrical safety
Browse category(ies) Electricity
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment