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Keywords

death investigation, forensic, forensic nursing, injury interpretation, occupational accident investigation, occupational injuries, trauma evaluation

 

Authors

  1. Harris, Colin MSN, BSc(Crim), RN, F-ABMDI

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The forensic evaluation of trauma in occupational injuries and fatalities can provide the benefit of a more thorough analysis of incident causation. Forensic nursing science applied during workplace investigations can assist investigators to determine otherwise unknown crucial aspects of the incident circumstances that are important to event reconstruction, the enforcement of occupational health and safety requirements, and the direction of workplace prevention initiatives. Currently, a medical and forensic medical knowledge gap exists in the subject-matter expertise associated with occupational accident investigations. This gap can be bridged with the integration of forensic nursing in the investigation of workplace fatalities and serious injuries.