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dc.contributor.authorOzer, Erdal
dc.contributor.authorYilmaz, Riza
dc.contributor.authorEvcuman, Durmus
dc.contributor.authorYildirim, Ali
dc.contributor.authorCetin, Ilhan
dc.contributor.authorKocak, Ugur
dc.contributor.authorErgen, Kivanc
dc.descriptionWOS: 000333113500001en_US
dc.descriptionPubMed ID: 24643126en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: In this study, our aim was to evaluate the fatal occupational accidents that occurred in Zonguldak coal mines between the years 2005-2008. Material/Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 42 fatal coal mine occupational accidents in Zonguldak (Turkey) between the years 2005-2008. The forensic records of autopsies referred to the chief prosecutors' office during 2005-2008 were reviewed retrospectively. There were 42 cases. The cases were evaluated with respect to age, mechanism of injury, body region of wound, cause of death, and legality of the mine. Results: Ages of the deceased ranged between 17 and 52 (median: 32.9 yrs). Deaths were mostly in the 21-30 (35.8%), and 31-40 (30.9%) age groups. Only 1 case was younger than 18 years of age. Review of occupational fatalities has revealed that fatal accidents occurred mostly (76.2%) in the private, and fewer (23.8%) in the public mining enterprises. Crime scene investigation findings have demonstrated that of all occupational deaths (total n=42), 27 (64.3%) were due to subsidence, followed by methane gas poisoning (n=6, 14.2%), tram crash (n=3, 7.1%), log falls (n=2, 4.8%), electrocution (n=2, 4.8%), and methane explosion (n=2, 4.8%). Conclusions: Despite laws and regulations concerning mining and because of problems in their implementation, Turkey leads the world in work-related accidents, occupational injuries, and deaths. Evaluation of autopsy findings of deaths in fatal occupational accidents occurring in coal mines is quite important in planning to decrease rates of occupational fatalities.en_US
dc.subjectCoal Mineen_US
dc.subjectForensic Medicineen_US
dc.subjectWork Placeen_US
dc.titleAutopsy evaluation of coal mining deaths in the city of Zonguldak, Turkeyen_US
dc.relation.journalMEDICAL SCIENCE MONITORen_US
dc.contributor.department[Ozer, Erdal -- Yildirim, Ali] Gaziosmanpasa Univ, Fac Med, Dept Forens Med, Tokat, Turkey -- [Yilmaz, Riza] Bulent Ecevit Univ, Fac Med, Dept Forens Med, Zonguldak, Turkey -- [Evcuman, Durmus] Council Forens Med, Dept Forens Med, Istanbul, Turkey -- [Cetin, Ilhan] Cumhuriyet Univ, Dept Publ Hlth, Sivas, Turkey -- [Kocak, Ugur] Afyon Kocatepe Univ, Fac Med, Dept Forens Med, Afyon, Turkey -- [Ergen, Kivanc] Bulent Ecevit Univ, Fac Med, Dept Biophys, Zonguldak, Turkeyen_US
dc.contributor.authorIDKocak, Ugur -- 0000-0003-0569-4374en_US
dc.relation.publicationcategoryMakale - Uluslararası Hakemli Dergi - Kurum Öğretim Elemanıen_US

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