Electrocution Related Deaths in Catchment Area of East Point Hospital: A 3-Year Retrospective Study

Authors

  • Manjunatha K
  • Raghavendra R
  • Ravindra Kumar C N

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/8n1x6077

Keywords:

Electrocution; Domestic supply; Accidental; Safety

Abstract

The present retrospective study has been carried out to find the occurrence of deaths due to electrocution in
Eastern part of Bengaluru with special emphasis on finding out the conditions along with pattern of injuries
sustained by the victims. Medico legal autopsy cases with history of electrocution over period of three years
between January 2019 to December 2021 were included in this study. A total of 799 cases were autopsied at our Institute during that period, out of which 51 deaths (6.38%) were deaths due to electrocution, in which male’s outnumbered females. The highest number of cases were observed in the age group of 21-30 years (n=18, 35.3%).27 victims (52.9%) were electrocuted by low tensions domestic supply. Majority of the victims (n=31, 60.8%) died on the spot. Most cases (n=38, 74.5%) were reported during the daytime between 7 am and 7 pm. The incidence of deaths during rainy season were typically higher (n=29, 56.9%). Limbs were the most common body parts affected by electrocution (n=27, 52.9%). 37 (72.5%) victims were electrocuted in dry conditions according to the surrounding places of incidence. As per police documents and history by relatives all cases of the electrocution deaths in the present series were accidental in nature.
The hazard of getting electrocuted in domestic surroundings from the chaotically connected electric wires without correct maintenance is certainly a matter of worry. Implementation of correct insulation safety procedures are important factors required for prevention of fatal electrocution.

Author Biographies

  • Manjunatha K

    Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Eastpoint College of Medical
    Sciences & Research Centre, Bengaluru,

  • Raghavendra R

    Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapura

  • Ravindra Kumar C N

    Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Chikkaballapura Institute of Medical Sciences, Chikkaballapura

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Published

2024-01-18

How to Cite

Electrocution Related Deaths in Catchment Area of East Point Hospital: A 3-Year Retrospective Study. (2024). Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 18(1), 67-71. https://doi.org/10.37506/8n1x6077