Occupational electrocutions in Jefferson County, Alabama

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  • Few studies have presented the general epidemiology of electrocution deaths using local medical examiner data. Data were obtained from coroner/medical examiner's files for electrocution deaths occurring between 1981 and 1998. All 27 occupational electrocutions were among men; 92.6% were white and 7.4% were black, with a mean age of 33.1 years. The rates of high- and low-voltage electrocution were similar. Low-voltage deaths showed a seasonal pattern, with the largest numbers in July, August and October. Deaths occurred most frequently among electricians and electrical helpers. The level of detail available from medical examiner records permits more complete evaluation of injury patterns than is possible using death certificate data; however, even more detailed studies, exploring worker activity at the time of injury, education, experience and training, are needed.
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  • Taylor AJ; McGwin G; Davis GG; Brissie RM; Rue LW
  • Start Page

  • 102
  • End Page

  • 106
  • Volume

  • 52
  • Issue

  • 2