Death following accidental compression of neck by safety harness: A case of fall from height

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Author Details : Bedanta Sarma*, Shreemanta Kumar Dash, Pankaj Suresh Ghormade

Volume : 8, Issue : 4, Year : 2021

Article Page : 258-261

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Work related fall from height many a times causes fatal injuries and death amongst working in various construction sites. It leads to different types of fatal bodily injuries including spinal injuries causing economic burden to the family. Although, they have been provided with protective gears and proper training for its use; it has been observed that workers are not using these in a proper ways. They eventually met with accidents which can easily be prevented. Accidental compression of neck by safety harness following fall from height has rarely been described leading to death of the individual. A case was brought for autopsy following accidental compression of neck structure causing fracture of cervical spine and transaction of spinal cord. In this paper, the case has been described with its autopsy findings.

Keywords: Fall from height, Spinal injuries, Safety harness.

How to cite : Sarma B, Dash S K, Ghormade P S, Death following accidental compression of neck by safety harness: A case of fall from height. Indian J Forensic Community Med 2021;8(4):258-261

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Article History

Received : 28-11-2021

Accepted : 09-12-2021

Available online : 20-12-2021

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