IJCRR - Vol 06 Issue 17, September, 2014
STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF ELECTROCUTION FATALITIES IN RURAL SOUTH INDIA OBSERVED IN A YEAR
Author: Ananda Reddy, Sengottuvel P, Balaraman R
Background: This study was performed to analyse the frequency, profile and pattern of injuries among electrocution fatalities. Materials and Methods: Cross sectional study of all electrocution deaths autopsied at Puducherry during the calendar year 2013. We gathered incident information from the relatives and investigating officers, autopsy findings are interpreted and data were analyzed for results. Results: Electrocution deaths have accounted for 1.29% of all medicolegal autopsies (n=1320) conducted at our study centre during the study period. The chief victims are males and adults in their third and fourth decade of life. The majority of the victims are Hindus, literates, agricultural workers and from rural background. The prime body part injured in electrocution are hands and fingers (65%), followed by soles and toes. Entry marks and exit marks alone were noticed in 47% and 18% respectively, but both marks were noticed in 30% of cases. Most electrocution incidents were occurred during summer season and during the day times. All the cases are accidental in nature. Conclusions: Electrocution deaths are only a small proportion of unnatural deaths and they are prevalent in domestic and occupational places. Health education and safety precautions are in need to reduce the electrocution mortalities.
Keywords: Electrocution fatalities, Autopsy, Entry and Exit marks, Domestic
Ananda Reddy, Sengottuvel P, Balaraman R. STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF ELECTROCUTION FATALITIES IN RURAL SOUTH INDIA OBSERVED IN A YEAR International Journal of Current Research and Review. Vol 06 Issue 17, September, 09-12
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