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Information needs of bereaved families following fatal work incidents


Ngo, M and Matthews, LR and Quinlan, M and Bohle, PL, Information needs of bereaved families following fatal work incidents, Death Studies pp. 1-12. ISSN 0748-1187 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07481187.2019.1586792


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fatal work incidents, family, traumatic bereavement, OHS
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, PL (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:133987
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-07-18
Last Modified:2020-07-24

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