Injury through the Eyes of Professional Electricians
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paper presents the first results of and attitudinal survey that was
conducted among professional electricians in order to explore their
knowledge and beliefs related to occupational electrical injury. Four
hundred eighty-one out of 1200 questionnaires were returned and analyzed.
The presented statistical and qualitative data reflect electricians'
personal experiences with electrical injury, their communication patterns
around electrical trauma, their understanding of possible electrical
injury sequelae, their safety beliefs and altitudes towards occupational
dangers, and the reasons for their occupational choice. We expect
that the results of this study will enhance our understanding of the
psychological profile, environment, and culture of electrical workers.
The collected data may also help to identify those at risk for poor
outcome after electrical injury and determine a new set of risk factors
to be taken into account by medical professionals, social workers,
and union/utility training officers.
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