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Bereaved families and the coronial response to traumatic workplace fatalities: Organizational perspectives


Matthews, LR and Fitzpatrick, SJ and Quinlan, MG and Ngo, M and Bohle, P, Bereaved families and the coronial response to traumatic workplace fatalities: Organizational perspectives, Death Studies, 40, (3) pp. 191-200. ISSN 0748-1187 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07481187.2015.1115787


Work remains a significant source of illness, injury, and death in developed countries. In Australia, for example, over 2,000 people die from work-related causes each year, with heavy social, economic, and personal costs (Safe Work Australia, 2013a). Most die as a result of work-related disease. However, many die from trauma. In 2012, 223 workers were fatally injured in Australia and in the United States the figure was 4,383 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014; Safe Work Australia, 2013b). Apart from the immediate tragedy of each worker’s death, these deaths affect the victim’s immediate family, wider family, friends, and co-workers. It has been estimated that, on average, every death has an impact on at least 20 other people (Dyregrov, Nordanger, & Dyregrov, 2003), especially when the deceased had several families, which is an increasingly common phenomenon (OECD, 2014). Little is known, however, about how regulatory responses following a traumatic workplace fatality meet the needs of surviving families. With a focus on the coronial investigation, this article provides information about the regulatory responses to a traumatic workplace fatality and examines how various organizations involved in the coronial process following the death viewed its ability to accommodate the needs and wishes of surviving families.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bereavement, coronial response, workplace fatalities
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Work and labour market not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:130398
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-01-23
Last Modified:2019-03-21

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