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“Pattern of electrocution deaths autopsied in South India” – A 16 year retrospective study

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S. S. Shobhana ,

East Point College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore-49, IN
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Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
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K. G. Raviraj

East Point College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore-49, IN
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Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
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Abstract

Background: The eastern part of Bangalore is an IT hub. There is a continuous increase in the number of construction sites, work places and residential areas. As a consequence, cases of electric accidents are common and are steadily increasing. Electric injury increases the risk of morbidity and mortality. The purpose of the study is to outline the increased fatality rate due to electrocution and also aims at reducing the severity of electric injury related fatalities by promoting preventive measures.

 

Results: The study showed male preponderance, with increased incidence in age group of 20-30 years. Accidental deaths were common, and the majority of skin samples were taken from suspected site of electric contact and exit showed positive findings for electrocution.

 

Conclusion: The study provides the statistical data on electrocution fatalities in this part of Bangalore for researchers and law enforcement agencies. It also aids in emphasising the usage of protective equipment at the workplace, construction sites and precautionary measures for domestic use of the electricity.
How to Cite: Shobhana, S.S. and Raviraj, K.G., 2022. “Pattern of electrocution deaths autopsied in South India” – A 16 year retrospective study. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 13(1), pp.1–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v13i1.7872
Published on 15 Jun 2022.
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