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Suicides and other fatalities from train-person collisions on Swedish railroads: A descriptive epidemiologic analysis as a basis for systems-oriented prevention
2005 (English)In: Journal of Safety research, Vol. 36, 423-428 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Problem: Suicide is a dominating, although hidden, safety problem on Swedish railroads. The aim of this paper is to describe the

epidemiology of fatal train-person collisions as a basis for systems-oriented prevention. Method: Data on collision circumstances were

collected from narrative reports at the Swedish National Rail Administration. Results: The events were evenly distributed by months and

weekdays, however, most suicides occur during the day while unintentional events usually occur at night. Most train-person collisions

happened in densely populated areas, and 75% of the suicide victims were waiting on the track before the collision. Significance test between

types of injury event (suicide, accident, or unknown intent) showed small or no differences. Conclusion: Traditional approaches to accident

prevention by systems modification seem largely applicable to combat railroad suicide as well. Impact on industry: Our findings show

promising preventive potentials

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 36, 423-428 p.
Keyword [en]
Railroad, Railway, Suicide, Prevention, Injury, Accident
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public Health Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-23940OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-23940DiVA: diva2:597704
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Distrubution: Skicka e-mail till helena.radbo@kau.se

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