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Occupational Injury and Fatality Investigations: The Application of Forensic Nursing Science

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

Journal of Forensic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JFN.0b013e31829e8f1d
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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.

Author Information

Author Affiliation: WorkSafeBC, Royal Columbian Hospital, Forensic Science Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Colin Harris, MSN, BSc(Crim), RN, F-ABMDI, Fatal and Serious Injury Investigations, WorkSafeBC, P.O. Box 5350 Stn. Terminal, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L5. E-mail:

Received April 7, 2013; accepted for publication May 31, 2013.

© 2013 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.

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