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Information needs of bereaved families following fatal work incidents

Ngo, M, Matthews, LR, Quinlan, M and Bohle, PL 2019 , 'Information needs of bereaved families following fatal work incidents' , Death Studies , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1586792.

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Abstract

The sudden and unexpected nature of fatal work incidents can leave family members with a strong need to know how and why the worker died. Forty Australian family members were interviewed to identify the information sought following fatal work incidents and explore the factors enhancing or impairing satisfaction with the account of the death. Findings demonstrated that employers tended to divert responsibility to the worker, to mask underlying systemic failures. Satisfaction was enhanced if family members believed a sense of justice was attained and formal investigations were able to expose the truth and those responsible for the death were identified.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ngo, M and Matthews, LR and Quinlan, M and Bohle, PL
Keywords: fatal work incidents, family, traumatic bereavement, OHS
Journal or Publication Title: Death Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0748-1187
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1586792
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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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