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Work-related fatalities involving cranes and live overhead wires in Australia, 1989 to 1992

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18 August, 2009

This information comes from the second of two studies of work-related fatalities that havebeen conducted by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.

Work-related fatalities involving cranes and live overhead wires in Australia, 1989 to 1992

Information from the second work-related fatalities study, 1989 to 1992 National Occupational Health and Safety Commission October 1999

Further information from this study regarding work-related fatalities involving cranes and live overhead wires in Australia may be available. Persons with a specific interest in this area and who would like more information are encouraged to approach the authors of this report.

Wide dissemination and use of the information arising from the work-related traumatic fatalities studies is encouraged. This publication is copyright. However, it may be reproduced with proper acknowledgment.

The suggested citation is: Work-related fatalities study team. Work-related fatalities involving cranes and live overhead wires in Australia, 1989 to 1992. National Occupational Health and Safety Commission: October 1999.

For further information regarding all work-related deaths see Work-related traumaticfatalities in Australia, 1989 to 1992 National Occupational Health and Safety Commission,Sydney, 1998

Introduction

This information comes from the second of two studies of work-related fatalities that have been conducted by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. The first of these studies, conducted in the late 1980s, covered the period 1982-1984 inclusive.

The second study covered the period 1989-1992. The information was obtained primarily from coronial files. Detailed information was collected about the work-related deaths.

For most other deaths, a short text description of the circumstances was made. A general overview ofthe main results from the study is available elsewhere. A summary of the study methods and definitions used in the study is included at the end of this report.

Inclusion criteria

The presented information refers to all work-related traumatic deaths involving cranes and which resulted from contact with live overhead wires. Workers and bystanders to work wereincluded in the search of the database.

Duty context for working and commuting, Australia, 1989 to 1992

The National Occupational Health and Safety Commission’s (NOHSC) investigation into work-related fatalities during 1989 to 1992 found that 1,7872 workers were fatally injured in the course of their work. This figure equates to 447 deaths per year or nine deaths per week.

Of these, 1244 were killed in a workplace and 543 were killed in road traffic incidents duringthe course of their work. Another 626 were fatally injured travelling to or from work.

Results

There were seven work-related deaths involving cranes and contact with live overhead wires in Australia during the four year period from 1989 to 1992

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