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The prevalence of work-related deaths associated with alcohol and drugs in Victoria, Australia, 2001 - 6

McNeilly, Briohny, Ibrahim, Joseph, Bugeja, Lyndal and Ozanne-Smith, Joan 2010, The prevalence of work-related deaths associated with alcohol and drugs in Victoria, Australia, 2001 - 6, Injury Prevention, vol. 16, no. 6, Online First, pp. 423-428, doi: 10.1136/ip.2010.027052.

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Title The prevalence of work-related deaths associated with alcohol and drugs in Victoria, Australia, 2001 - 6
Author(s) McNeilly, Briohny
Ibrahim, Joseph
Bugeja, Lyndal
Ozanne-Smith, Joan
Journal name Injury Prevention
Volume number 16
Issue number 6
Season Online First
Start page 423
End page 428
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-06-29
ISSN 1353-8047
1475-5785
Summary To describe the presence of alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines in work-related injury deaths in Victoria, 2001–6, an observational study of work-related deaths reported to the State Coroner's Office, Victoria, Australia was conducted. Case and postmortem forensic toxicology data were obtained from the National Coroner's Information System for work-related injury deaths with positive toxicology screens. Over 6 years there were 43 worker deaths in a total of 355 unintentional work-related injury deaths. The coroner mentioned the presence of alcohol/drugs in 22 of the 43 worker deaths with positive toxicology screens. Toxicology screens were positive for alcohol and/or drugs in 79 work-related deaths overall. Overall, alcohol was present in 26 (7%) work-related deaths and cannabis or amphetamines in 20 (6%). Incidents were mainly transport related. Alcohol and/or drugs were present in a significant portion of work-related deaths. Research is needed to determine the relative contribution of alcohol and drugs compared with other contributing factors to work-related deaths.
Notes Online First 29 June 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/ip.2010.027052
Field of Research 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Socio Economic Objective 920409 Injury Control
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031233

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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