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Suicide and potentials for suicide prevention on the Swedish Rail Network; a qualitative multiple case study
2006 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Acts of suicide committed on railways represent a serious public health and railway safety problem. Suicides constitute about 75% of all deaths in person-train collisions in Sweden. Yet, suicide prevention attracts little attention in railway safety. The specific objectives of this study are to evaluate existing police and rail administration reports on railway suicide incidents from a preventive perspective, and to identify and categorize additional preventive-oriented information on place, behaviour and other circumstances, potentially available from site investigations. Method: A multiple case study approach is employed. Twenty-two cases of railway suicide have been reviewed, based on regular police and rail administration reports plus observations from complementary site visits. Findings: Neither police nor rail administration reports include sufficient information to guide future safety work. Findings from site visits show that structured preventive-oriented investigation routines may add important complementary details on environmental, technical and behavioural issues. Conclusion: Relevant data on behavioural, technical and environmental circumstances facilitating railway suicide need to be collected and analyzed by those responsible on a regular basis as an integral part of their safety work

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Västerås, 2006.
Keyword [en]
railway suicide, multiple case study, suicide prevention, incident investigation
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public Health Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-23926OAI: diva2:597690
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22

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