Work-related traumatic fatal injuries involving confined spaces in Australia, 2000-2012
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Occupational fatalities remain a significant issue in Australia and worldwide. Confined space fatalities are a particular subset. Confined spaces are defined by a particular set of hazards and often have poor ventilation, which can permit hazardous situations to develop. Confined space fatalities have been investigated in previous international studies; however, no contemporary Australian study specific to work-related confined space fatalities has been undertaken. This study conducted an analysis of work-related traumatic fatal injuries involving confined spaces in Australia based on coronial data. This study aimed to quantify the number of deaths and to provide a detailed description of the personal, industry, nature of the work, and mechanism-specific factors involved. Fifty-nine confined space related deaths were identified over the period 2000-2012; an average rate of 0.05 deaths per 100,000 workers across Australia. This rate is comparable to contemporary US (0.07) and Quebec (0.07) fatality rates.
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Selman, J.; Spickett, Jeffery; Jansz, J.; Mullins, B. (2018)Confined spaces are defined by a particular set of hazards which include oxygen deficiency, toxic airborne contaminants, flammable atmospheres, the risk of engulfment in free-flowing solids and liquids, and physical hazards ...
Selman, Jason Stuart (2019)Many workers die each year from work-related confined space incidents. The rate of confined space fatalities in Australia was found to be comparable to similarly industrialised countries; and an examination of the aetiologies ...
Selman, J.; Spickett, Jeffery; Jansz, J.; Mullins, B. (2019)© 2018 Each year, workers are killed in incidents involving confined spaces. To minimise and control the risks so far as reasonably practicale, confined space work should be thoroughly considered and carefully planned ...